Liverpool have a chance to go into second when they travel to Selhurst Park to take on struggling Crystal Palace for their Premier League fixture on Saturday and both teams have revealed their lineups for the tie in the English capital.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 31, 2018
Roy Hodgson has started Wayne Hennessey in goal, behind a four-man backline of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho and Patrick van Aanholt.
Yohan Cabaye features alongside Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur in central midfield while wingers Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha give Christian Benteke support in attack.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 31, 2018
Loris Karius retains his place between the sticks and the German custodian has a back-four of Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold in front of him.
Georiginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and James Milner start in midfield while Liverpool’s big guns aka Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all start in attack.
With the title out of sight, Liverpool are battling with the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea for a spot in the top-four and with a midweek UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City on the horizon, will look to approach the continental tie with serious momentum.
Palace have a battle of their own, at the opposite end of the pitch and while they are in 16th place and out of the relegation zone for the moment, a loss at home to the Reds could put them back in the drop zone, depending on results elsewhere.
So while Palace are likely to settle for a point, they will take hope from the fact that as good as Jurgen Klopp’s side are going forward, they do leave some gaping holes at the back and will set up to make life uncomfortable for their fancied opponents, especially on set-pieces.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur, Zaha and Benteke.
Liverpool: Karius, Robertson, van Dijk, Maitip, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Salah and Mane.
Match kicks off at 12.30 GMT/1700 IST.