Preview: Liverpool v Crystal Palace

Liverpool have the chance to strengthen their grip on a top four Premier League finish when they face resurgent Crystal Palace on Sunday at Anfield.

Premier League
23 April 2017
Match Day 34
Kick-off: 16H30 (GMT)
Venue: Anfield
Referee: A. Marriner
Assistants: S. Beck, S. Ledger 
Fourth official: M. Jones 

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM              MATCHES  WIN   DRAW   LOSS

Liverpool         35       19    7       9 
Crystal Palace    35       9     7       19    

Previous encounter:

Palace 2-4 Liverpool 29 October 2016 (Premier League)
Palace goalscorers: J. McArthur (18') (33') 

Liverpool goalscorers: E. Can (16'), D. Lovren (21'), J. Matip (44'), R. Firmino(71') 

Players to watch:

With three goals in his last five Premier League matches and a number of match-winning performances as well, Roberto Firmino could be the man the Reds rely on again to provide the difference in the final third. With Mamadou Sakho not available for Palace at the heart of defence, the Brazilian may fancy his chances at Anfield.

Yohan Cabaye has seen something of a resurgence in his fortunes for Palace since the arrival of Sam Allardyce. The French midfielder has chipped in with two goals in his last two matches and appears to be finding the form that once won him a move to Paris Saint-Germain. He could be influential for the visitors.   

Team form and manager quotes:

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes stopping the supply to Christian Benteke in the air could be key to his side's chances. He told reporters, "If we let them cross 50 balls, it is pretty likely (Benteke) will have a few dangerous headers but that is not his only strength.

"You have to avoid passes in this area but not only for him; if you only concentrate on Christian then Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend are around you."

Meanwhile, Palace boss Sam Allardyce wants his side to continue playing with confidence. He said, "We're in Champions League form for picking points up, which should give us a huge amount of confidence on Sunday.

"Hopefully we can be good enough, big enough and brave enough, and confident enough to try and repeat what we've done against Chelsea and Arsenal recently." 

Team news:

Liverpool could have problems in central defence, with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva all unable to practice this week. Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana remain out injured with thigh and foot injuries respectively.

For Palace, Mamadou Sakho is ineligible to face his parent club. Loic Remy and James McArthur could both make their return for the Eagles.