After stumbling and drawing against newly promoted Fulham in the opening week. Jürgen Klopp’s Reds look to get their Premier League season back on track as they return to. Anfield for the 2022-23 home opener against a Crystal Palace side that also got less than. They hoped for in a week one defeat at home to Arsenal.
Last season, Palace flirted with a top-half finish under manager Patrick Vieira—in fact. They were a top-half side based on underlying statistics and expected goal difference—but they face a tough start this season. with games against Aston Villa and Manchester City following their opener against Arsenal and week two meeting with Liverpool. It’s a stretch that Palace might easily make. going into September with only a single victory
Anything they get at Anfield should be regarded a bonus, considering. that Palace will be missing James McArthur, James Tomkins, Nathan Ferguson, and maybe Michael Olise. But the same could have been said of Fulham coming into the opening, and if the Reds haven’t learnt their lesson and treat their opponents in week two lightly. Another shock outcome may be on the cards.
Palace aren’t the only team dealing with injury concerns coming into Monday’s game. as the Reds are expected to be without center backs Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konaté, which means Joe Gomez will start with Virgil van Dijk. They’ll also be missing Thiago Alcantara in midfield, as the Spanish international is expected to be sidelined for four weeks with a hamstring injury.
Curtis Jones, Diogo Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Calvin Ramsay, and Caoimhin Kelleher are also slated to miss out, while . Kostas Tsimikas is questionable—though none would have been in position to start on Monday as things stand.
Thiago’s absence is the most noteworthy in terms of team selection. Many will be wanting to see Harvey Elliott make his debut, and he will.
Perhaps, but the outstanding youth is most often found on the right side of midfield. Where Jordan Henderson plays, and with Thiago ruled out. Klopp will likely want to keep Henderson in for consistency. If Keta is ready, he may be an option. Thiago on the left, but if he isn’t, new summer acquisition Fabio Carvalho is likely to receive the nod.
Meanwhile, after making an impression as a substitute against Manchester City. in the Community Shield and . Fulham the following week in the league, big-money striker Darwin Nuez seems set to make his debut.
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