After a tough loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League, a Premier League date with the Eagles of Crystal Palace may be just what the doctor ordered as Liverpool is looking to win their 3rd EPL game in a row.
A Home Away From Home
Even though Liverpool have struggled away from Anfield in the past, the Reds have made themselves quite comfortable on Palace's grounds in the past. In fact, Liverpool's 7-0 win at Selhurst Park in 2020 marks the biggest margin in an EPL victory in club history. Liverpool have also won 7 matches in a row against the Eagles away from Anfield which marks the longest such streak of that kind since winning 8 in a row at West Brom from 1983-2009.
Failure To Fly
The Eagles have not exactly taken wing this season. They sit 12th on the table with 26 points and are winless in the last 5 matches (1 loss, 4 draws). Palace averages just under a goal per match and are -10 in goal difference. Their main threat is the striker and Ivory Coast International Wilfred Zaha. Zaha has only netted 6 goals on the year, but can be a dangerous customer if given any space.
Reds Ready To Move On
There are two schools of thought following a bad loss. Some players and coaches prefer to have time between matches to address and fix issues. Others want to get right back out there on the pitch. Harvey Elliott and his Liverpool teammates are ready to play again quickly after the loss to Real Madrid.
“It's an opportunity for us to put things right again,” Elliott told the media. “That's the great thing about football, you can't dwell on things too much and you can't get too excited over your last win, for example, because there's another game just around the corner that you need to prepare for. That's exactly what we're going to be doing. It's another tough game against Palace and hopefully, we can put it right again.”
Thankfully, there are no new injuries to report. Ibrahima Konaté has returned to training but has not likely had enough to be named to the squad for the match against Crystal Palace. Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are also in contention for inclusion in the Starting XI after coming on as substitutes vs. Real Madrid.
LFC Globe Verdict
All the signs point to a Reds win in this match. They have taken all 3 points at Crystal Palace in 7 straight meetings, scoring a comfortable 3.95 goals per match against the Eagles during that stretch. The Reds cannot be cocky though after the humbling they took at the hands of Real Madrid and the struggles they have had on the road. I don't think they will be. The team seems focused on continuing to move up the table.
Where To Watch
Kickoff is set for 19:45 GMT from Selhurst Park and will be broadcast on Sky Sports. Supporters in the United States can watch on Peacock, while Canadian viewers can stream via fuboTV.
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