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Crystal Palace v. Liverpool: Preview, Team News, and Ways to Watch

Team news, injury updates, television listings, and a full preview as Liverpool visit Crystal Palace in the first match back from the international break.

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At long last, the international break is over, and it seems like that's probably a good thing. It's at least a good thing until Liverpool actually start playing some matches, which will go a good way toward determining both the sentiment around the club and their standing across three competitions. The past three months have been underwhelming, but the stage is set for something of a turnaround.

That would mean better results in the Champions League with wins over Ludogorets and Basel, securing passage to the knockout rounds, and a victory in a tricky away fixture in the League Cup at Bournemouth. It would also mean improving their standing in the Premier League, with eight matches from now until New Year's Day. Plenty of points to pick up, but it'll require the type of consistency we've yet to see from Liverpool this season.

They can start tomorrow at Selhurst Park, where they'll face a Crystal Palace side who haven't won a Premier League match since late September. Neil Warnock's side lost four of five through October and the opening part of November, leaving them in the 17th spot, out of the relegation zone on goal difference but level on points with 18th-placed Leicester City.

Warnock will likely be boosted by the return of Mile Jedinak tomorrow, though James McArthur might miss out with a calf injury. In the 1-0 loss at Old Trafford just before the break, they set up with Julian Speroni in goal, Adrian Mariappa, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, and Joel Ward across the back, Jason Puncheon, McArthur, Joe Ledley, and Bolasie in the midfield, with Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell up top. Former Liverpool fullback Martin Kelly was on the bench and will hopefully feature at some point tomorrow.

For Liverpool:

Manquillo Skrtel Lovren Moreno
Can Coutinho
Sterling Lambert Lallana

The biggest injury update is the most painful, with Daniel Sturridge ruled out until the new year with another thigh injury. He joins Suso and Jon Flanagan as the confirmed absentees, while there's questions about Jordan Henderson, Mario Balotelli, Jose Enrique, and Mamadou Sakho.

All of which means we're bound to see a mixture of familiar faces with a few newer names stepping in; at the back it's unlikely that Brendan Rodgers picks Sakho straightaway even if the Frenchman is fit, leaving what's become--or, in the case of Javier Manquillo, becoming--the standard back four of Manquillo, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, and Alberto Moreno. There's simply no compelling reason to continue to start Glen Johnson over the young Spaniard, while Enrique is clear second-choice on the left if fit and Kolo Toure will likely have to wait until the League Cup fixture at Bournemouth to get another start.

In the midfield there's some difficult decisions to make even if Henderson is ruled out, and it would be nice to see somewhat of a shakeup in terms of personnel and/or setup. Steven Gerrard will no doubt start, likely at the base, but it would be nice to see him joined by Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho rather than Henderson and/or Allen. Can has looked impressive as he's worked toward full fitness, while Coutinho's form has steadily improved over the past month.

Rodgers asserted yesterday that Rickie Lambert would have a big part to play over the next month and a half, so it's easy to guess that starts tomorrow. Flanking him in some way with Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana would be nice; Lallana and Lambert haven't had a chance to get any sort of partnership off the ground, and combining the 26-year-old in a side with Sterling and Coutinho would ideally give the squad the creative attacking jolt it's so desperately needed.

Kickoff is set for 1:30PM GMT/8:30AM EST, with Sky Sports 1 airing the match in England and CNBC/NBC Sports Live Extra carrying coverage in the US. Our coverage will start with the overnight open thread tonight and carry into the matchday post early tomorrow, which will have team sheets an hour before kickoff. Hope you'll be around to join us--if you haven't already, sign up for an SBNation profile and stick around.

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