Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to ring the changes to his side as Crystal Palace have uncertain injury news on two stars.
As Liverpool head into the busiest part of the season, the full depths of Jurgen Klopp’s squad will be tested. That will start this weekend against Crystal Palace as the manager looks to rotate heavily with his opponents reeling from uncertain double injury news.
Palace are facing the prospect of missing their star winger Wilfried Zaha who picked up a knock in their last game against Chelsea.
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Scott Trotter of Football London quotes Palace manager Roy Hodgson from today’s press conference casting doubt on Zaha’s availability tomorrow:
“At the moment he is icing that part of his foot and we will have to wait and see if anything more serious has been done to him. One hopes it is just a painful moment.”
Zaha is one of the best players outside of the ‘Big Six’ or Leicester City. Losing him would seriously hurt The Eagles’ hopes of being the first team to beat Liverpool in the Premier League this season.
Hodgson also confirmed that Joel Ward is struggling to be available which is a big blow as Palace are short of cover at right back:
“I expect we’ll have to wait until they do the scans to find out how serious that is. But it’s obviously a massive blow because we don’t have other full-backs at the club other than Joel and Patrick and we can ill-afford to lose them.”
Klopp is waiting on the fitness of Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Joel Matip according to James Westwood of Goal.com. But with Palace also ailing there is a good chance that the boss doesn’t risk any of that trio.
Add to that the minutes played by many first-teamers this week on international duty and we are likely to see players such as Divock Origi, James Milner and Naby Keita feature on the team sheet tomorrow.