Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: A Look at the Reds' Potential Starting XI

​Liverpool's troubles from the past few seasons has reared its ugly head yet again as they conceded an injury time goal to draw 3-3 at Watford last week. Prone to struggle against relatively weaker sides, Jurgen Klopp's men have drawn the ire of fans especially with the uncertainty surrounding the future of their midfield mainstay Philippe Coutinho. 


Thus, come Saturday, the Reds will be desperate to record a win against Crystal Palace, a side fighting its own nightmares after being thumped 3-0 by Premier League newbies Huddersfield. As both teams train at the Anfield ahead of the clash, let us predict the Reds' eleven that could take the field on Saturday.

Goalkeeper

  • Mignolet
    Mignolet22

After a nightmarish performance against Watford, the Belgian produced some fine saves, including a penalty stop against Hoffenheim earlier this week.  

Defence

  • Alexander-Arnold
    Alexander-Arnold66
  • Lovren
    Lovren6
  • Matip
    Matip32
  • Moreno
    Moreno18

​Widely criticised for their lacklustre display against the Hornets last week, the Liverpool defence was somewhat better against Hoffenheim in the Champions League playoffs earlier this week. While teenager Alexander-Arnold put in a fine show against Watford and the Bundesliga outfit, his fellowmen were sloppy and frequently erred in judging the ball. 


Matip, though much better than the others, has been somewhat consistent in the last few games while Lovren, with his performance against Hoffenheim proved why Liverpool desperately need Virgil van Dijk in their ranks. 


Favoured ahead of James Milner, Moreno's defensive shortcomings were for the world to see as he failed to communicate well with Lovren. Klopp has a lot of work to do in his own half.

Midfield

  • Can
    Can23
  • Milner
    Milner7
  • Wijnaldum
    Wijnaldum5

​With Jordan Henderson limping off against Hoffenheim, Jurgen Klopp could field James Milner to provide some much needed cover to the defence. Emre Can, though not the most skilled of players, compensates heavily with his tireless efforts all around the park. Wijnaldum, as always, will be the watchful guardian of the Reds' midfield against a side known for its penchant for holding the ball. 

Forwards

  • Salah
    Salah11
  • Firmino
    Firmino9
  • Mané
    Mané19

​If the Reds were atrocious in their own half at Vicarage Road, their brilliance up front more than made up for it as all three attackers entered their names in the scorers' charts. New signing Salah will be a threat in the goal mouth alongside Firmino who has been doing a fabulous job of commandeering the forward line. 


And where do we even start about the Reds' most important player this season, Sadio Mane? An extraordinary performance against the Hornets later, the Senegalese winger conjured a Man of the Match display against Hoffenheim. Overall, there is little to worry in this area.