Some interesting selections on both sides. Jurgen Klopp has left out Jordan Henderson, with Harvey Elliott and James Milner in midfield. Nat Phillips, who played so many games in the 2020-21 season, will start as a central defender. Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are injured, while Joe Gomez is only fit for the bench. And record contractor Darwin Nunez starts up front.
It looks like Patrick Vieira has switched to a back-five, with Joel Ward Odsonne replacing Edouard. That is the only change from the Palace team that lost to Arsenal ten days ago.
Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
Substitutes: Adrian, Gomez, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, van den Berg, Keita, Henderson, Carvalho, Clark.
Crystal Palace (possibly 5-4-1) guaita; Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Ayew, Doucoure, Schlupp, Eze; zaha.
Substitutes: Johnstone, Richards, Milivojevic, Olise, Hughes, Ebiowei, Plange, Mateta, Edouard.
Referee Paul Tierney.
The fixture computer can be quite a sick twist. Looking to build on a solid first season under Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace have had the toughest start of any team in the Premier League: opening match against New Arsenal last week, Liverpool tonight and Manchester City at the end of August. Of course they also have a game to win at home against Villa on Saturday, but please don’t dwell on that. I’m trying to sell a story here!
The point is that nobody gives Palace much of a chance tonight. If you like betting, you can get 16/1 on a Palace win and 6/1 on a draw. Since they had the audacity to win three consecutive games at Anfield between 2015-17, Palace have lost ten times in a row, at home and away, to Liverpool.
This game looked formidable even before Liverpool started the season with a sloppy, slow 2-2 draw at Fulham. Such an act has consequences. The Liverpool players have spent nine days listening to those questioning their commitment to a new season of heavy metal football. The recoil starts at 8 p.m.