Liverpool v Crystal Palace, five players under the spotlight

Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, a game which could return the home side to the top of the table.

Odds: Liverpool 2/9, Draw 6/1, Crystal Palace 16/1

Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League and could go top for at least 24 hours with a win over new-boys Crystal Palace. Liverpool have dropped five points so far this season and currently sit second in the table, two points behind Arsenal, whilst Palace have only managed one win this season against Sunderland. Palace currently sit second from bottom.

Liverpool have no fresh injury worries from last weekend, but they are without Lucas Leiva who serves a one match ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Sunderland last weekend, but left-back Aly Cissokho could potentially be in line for a place in the squad. The only dilemma for Rodgers will be who to play in the middle, and if he moves Jordan Henderson into the centre, who will play out wide?

Ian Holloway’s men have not had the best of luck with injuries this season and could have up to seven players sidelined for this weekend’s game. Midfielder Yannick Bolasie could be considered for selection after struggling with a hamstring injury whilst Paddy McCarthy could be considered after struggling with a groin injury

Here are five players who may be under the spotlight this weekend:

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Jordan Henderson

The responsibility may fall upon Henderson to try and slot into the role usually occupied by Lucas Leiva as seamlessly as possible. He, along with Steven Gerrard, will be looked upon to break down any Palace attacks before they get started.

Raheem Sterling

This is a big chance for the winger. Some may criticise him for being a bit immature – which is understandable at the age of 18 – but here he may have an opportunity to showcase the talent he possesses and have a huge say on the outcome of the game.

Julian Speroni

If Palace are to get anything at Anfield, then Speroni might need to be on the top of his game because it looks as though Liverpool’s dangerous duo up front in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are starting to get going this season.

Daniel Sturridge

There has only been one league game that Sturridge hasn’t scored so far this season, so he is definitely a man in form. He should be odds on to get in amongst the goals again.

Mile Jedinak

He might have a bit of joy in the midfield if Liverpool fail to get to grips with things out of Lucas. If he can put in a good performance, odds of 6/1 for Palace getting at least a point will look very long.

Last time they met

Crystal Palace 2-1 Liverpool – League Cup September 2005

At this time Crystal Palace were re-adapting to life in the Championship after suffering from relegation four months earlier, whilst Liverpool fans still weren’t sick of singing how they became Champions of Europe – despite a slow start to the season. Dougie Freedman gave Palace the lead late on in the first half before Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard hit back almost immediately to equalise for Liverpool. Marco Reich restored Palace’s advantage midway through the second half, which they managed to hold on to despite some urgency from the visitors.

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