PHOTOS: Coutinho, Lallana & Sterling in training - Liverpool's saviours v Palace?

Raheem Sterling

The Reds trio featured prominently during Friday afternoon's training session.

With the news that Daniel Sturridge will now be out until the New Year, Liverpool fans are forced to pin yet more of their hopes on the creativity of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling.

It almost seemed inevitable, in truth, that Sturridge would be ruled out injured once again, as there was clearly something wrong with his recovery from an initial thigh problem. Usually, when one complication arises, it is not alone.

Now, the Reds will have to do what they have so far failed to manage this season - survive well without the 25-year-old striker.

And that's where Coutinho, Lallana and Sterling come in. If boss Brendan Rodgers wants three points at Crystal Palace this weekend, it is time to finally utilise the trio's abilities with the ball at their feet.

Certainly, the Nothern Irishman could play two strikers, sacrificing one of the three - but all three are in form (Sterling is perhaps not on top form but can do far more at his best) and can make the difference if Liverpool are ever to stop the rot.

The trio featured heavily in Liverpool training on Friday afternoon - and the Reds squad were all smiles during practice. Should that, however, be a cause for concern for supporters? Every week, the Liverpool squad seem to be laughing, joking and relaxing during training, before turning out yet another poor performance at the weekend.

Are the Reds really trying to improve things? Are they practicing their woeful set-pieces? All will be revealed at Palace on Sunday. If the results aren't promising, it will be time for Rodgers to stop smiling and instill some discipline at Melwood.

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