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

After a thumping victory against Manchester City, Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park to take on bogey team Crystal Palace.

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Liverpool will be looking for consistency when they travel to south London to play against Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Reds earned a good three points against Manchester City on Wednesday, but they need to keep chugging forward if those points are to mean anything.

It won't be an easy task, however, because matches against Crystal Palace haven't been overflowing with fond memories lately. When they met for the first time this season at Anfield, they fell 2-1 to the Eagles, marking Klopp's first loss as Liverpool manager. The last time Liverpool were victorious over Crystal Palace was February 2015, in the FA Cup. The league record is far more grim, with Liverpool last winning a league match in October 2013. In fact, they haven't beaten Crystal Palace in the league since 1997, thanks in part to Palace's long absence from the top flight.

In Liverpool's favor is the fact that Crystal Palace have had a truly dreadful 2016 so far. They haven't won a single league game, leading to them to plummet down the table. They currently sit in 14th place, nine points above the drop zone, which means they're likely safe from relegation. The only bright spot in their season is the FA Cup, which they're still competing in.

Crystal Palace will be without James McArthur and Jason Puncheon, as well as long term injured Ghanaian international, Kwesi Appiah. Connor Wickham and Wayne Hennessey are both doubtful for this match as well.

The big news from Liverpool is that Lucas Leiva is set to miss about six weeks after what was thought to be a knock received in the league cup final turned out to be a more serious thigh injury. Six weeks out injured is always a blow to a player, but it must feel even worse when it comes as the season is winding down. With luck, Liverpool fans will see Lucas on the pitch again this season, but it won't be any time soon.

On a better note, Daniel Sturridge has been training normally for the match and seems likely to start, while Mamadou Sakho has returned to light training after his injury.

For Liverpool:

Clyne/ Toure/ Lovren/ Moreno
Henderson/ Can
Milner/ Lallana/ Coutinho

It's possible that Sturridge will be given another game off in preparation for facing Manchester United in the Europa League round of 16, but considering he was rested on Wednesday, he'll likely start on Sunday. Flanagan did well in place of Moreno on Wednesday, but Klopp has made it clear that he didn't want to overplay the young fullback so soon after he spent 20 months on the sidelines. Adam Lallana's hugely impressive game on Wednesday has likely earned him another start this weekend as well. Since Philippe Coutinho was rested midweek, expect him back in the mix with Roberto Firmino getting a break.

Kevin Stewart and Jordan Rossiter still aren't back yet, while Danny Ings and Joe Gomez remain out for the season.

Kickoff is set for 1:30PM GMT/8:30AM EST Sunday. Television coverage will be on Sky Sports 1 in the UK and NBC Sports Network for the US. Elsewhere, Fox Sports 4 Australia in Australia, TSN2 in Canada, Star Sports 4 Asia in India, SuperSport 3 Africa in Kenya, Fox Sports Malaysia in Malaysia, and 102 (hd) mio Stadium in Singapore are carrying the match. Live streaming can be found at NBC Sports Live Extra in the US and Sky Go in the UK. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out LFCTV GO and TalkSport Radio World.

We'll be keeping you updated with all the buildup to the game, including team news as it's released, our live matchday thread and post-match recaps from The Liverpool Offside staff. If you want to join the discussion, sign up for an SB Nation account to have your say on all the action as it happens.

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