Forget about the summer transfer window. Like Jon Snow, Liverpool know nothing of fortifying the club’s defence in an era where six clubs fight for one Premier League crown. Although Liverpool became the first team to defeat Hoffenheim at their own ground in 15 months, Dejan Lovren giving a penalty could have altered Liverpool’s course in August as the exact same set of circumstances threatened to do in May.
However, Liverpool have made an unbeaten start to the season in both the Premier League and Champions League. Much can be better, but it could be a lot worse. The task is simple: pick up three points for a first league win of the season. At Anfield. Jürgen Klopp will be eager to see his players rouse the Anfield crowd for a home victory and continue in that vein when Julian Nagelsmann’s team visit in midweek.
For Liverpool (4-3-3):
Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Can, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Daniel Sturridge is available and could play a part tomorrow, but Philippe Coutinho’s malevolent back injury continues to keep him out of contention
until he gets a move to Barcelona. Both players weren’t in the squad for the relieving away victory against Hoffenheim on Tuesday, but there may be one or two changes with the second leg to come on Wednesday.
Club captain Jordan Henderson was deservedly substituted for James Milner just after the hour mark as his poor start to the season continues. Although he’s not the only player to look below the pace, it might be useful to bring Milner into midfield to change things up. Emre Can could take up the deepest midfield position with Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum—another player who needs to find form—ahead of the 23-year-old.
Crystal Palace will be without key winger Wilfried Zaha after he picked up a knee injury in the opening day defeat against Huddersfield. He lasted the entire match but left Selhurst Park in a knee brace, and for curious fantasy managers, the Ivorian international will be out for up to four weeks.
Frank de Boer could bring in Yohan Cabaye and shuffle his options, but the big question surrounds whether De Boer will continue with a back three after it was picked apart so easily by the counter pressing Premier League newcomers. An eager Liverpool may not be the best opponents to continue such an approach that struggled to deal with Huddersfield’s energy, incision, and verve. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané would be most troublesome foes for the likes of Scott Dann and company.
Kickoff is set for 3PM BST/10AM EST tomorrow with no coverage in the UK. Elsewhere, Optus Sport in Australia, Sportsnet World in Canada, DAZN in Germany, Star Sports Select HD1 in India, Supersport3 Africa in Kenya/Nigeria/South Africa, Astro Supersport 3 in Malaysia, 102 (HD) mio Stadium in Singapore, and NBC Sports Live in the US are carrying the match. BBC Radio and LFCTV Go provide online options to follow the game. You can find full listings at LivesoccerTV.
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