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When Liverpool takes on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, they’ll be looking to match Arsenal’s speed in the Premier League title race and maintain their impressive play thus far.
With just one loss in their previous 26 Premier League games, the team has been playing in excellent form. Their hopes of winning the title were enhanced by their recent 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Liverpool has accumulated more points than any other team in the league—59 points—since their 4-1 loss to Manchester City in April.
With his first goal in their most recent triumph, Virgil van Dijk kept Liverpool’s perfect record of winning all 15 Premier League games in which he has scored.
With his assist on the goal, Trent Alexander-Arnold surpassed only Kevin De Bruyne (129) and Mohamed Salah (80) among Premier League players with his 75th assist overall for Liverpool since his debut in October 2016.
Salah is getting close to scoring his 200th goal for Liverpool, even though he hasn’t scored in his last three league games. Reaching this mark would put him in the company of Ian Rush (346), Roger Hunt (285), Gordon Hodgson (240), and Billy Liddell (228) as the only players with 200 or more goals for the team.
However, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp faces concerns as midfielder Alexis Mac Allister suffered an injury during the Sheffield United game, adding to a list of absentees that includes Alisson, Joël Matip, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcântara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Andrew Robertson.
Jurgen Klopp may find some comfort in Liverpool’s current league standing, positioned just two points behind the league leaders, Arsenal. Arsenal claimed a thrilling 4-3 victory against Luton Town, while Liverpool sits two points ahead of third-placed Aston Villa. Aston Villa secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester City, pushing City down to fourth place.
On the other hand, Crystal Palace has won just one of their last eight Premier League games, which is a disappointing display of play. Following a 2-0 loss to Bournemouth, Palace dropped to 14th place, with this lone victory coming against Burnley. The injury to English defender Tyrick Mitchell during the match added to their defeat against Bournemouth.
In addition to Mitchell, Crystal Palace’s injured players Eberechi Eze, Rob Holding, Cheick Doucouré, and goalkeeper Dean Henderson are expected to miss their match against Liverpool. The supporters were not pleased with the team’s performance at Selhurst Park, and they will face tough challenges at Etihad Stadium in their next games against Liverpool and Manchester City.
Roy Hodgson’s track record against Liverpool, his former club, isn’t promising either. He has lost each of his last eight Premier League encounters against Liverpool since a 1-0 victory with West Brom in April 2012. Notably, former Liverpool managers in the Premier League have struggled against their former club, with Hodgson’s injury-hit squad facing an uphill battle to alter that trend.
Jurgen Klopp has an impressive record against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, winning 12 out of 16 encounters, a tie with his most wins against any team in the competition alongside West Ham. His managerial career highlights a similar dominance, with only SC Freiburg witnessing more wins (13) under his leadership.
When facing Palace away, Liverpool has a solid history, having never lost a Premier League game under Klopp. Out of eight visits, they’ve won seven and drawn one, the last defeat dating back to November 2014.
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The two sides’ recent battles have been hotly contested. The previous season’s games ended in a goalless draw at Selhurst Park in February and a 1-1 draw at Anfield, where Luis Díaz equalized Wilfried Zaha’s goal. For the past twelve meetings, Palace and Liverpool have not won, which is the longest winless streak Palace has ever had against any opponent.
Liverpool has scored goals in their last 32 games across all competitions, which is an amazing run, but their away from home performance in the Premier League on Saturday at 12:30 pm has been less than impressive. They have struggled in this time slot, recording their lowest points-per-game average in the league under Klopp, with just one victory in seven such games since the previous season.