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Liverpool go to Crystal Palace for the Saturday lunchtime kick off in the English Premier League at Selhurst Park with top spot all their own.
The reigning champions usurped Tottenham at the summit thanks to a midweek win at Anfield that riled tetchy Spurs boss Jose Mourinho no end.
With Leicester, Chelsea and Southampton all slipping up as well, the three points put Jurgen Klopp’s men out in front.
They needed the momentum, too, after being pegged back to draws in two of their previous three fixtures ahead of the busy festive period.
Rhys Williams could keep his place at the back if Joel Matip doesn’t return from injury, while fellow youngster Curtis Jones may have earned himself a rest.
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago, Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Diogo Jota all remain on the absentee list.
Midtable Palace are unbeaten in three and sealed a share of the spoils from their London derby away to West Ham during the week.
The Eagles could go as high as seventh in the table, if veteran boss Roy Hodgson can successfully plot the downfall of his former club.
Christian Benteke won’t feature against his old employers as he starts a suspension, with Jordan Aye his possible replacement up front.
Another ex-Red, Nathaniel Clyne, faces a race against time to be fit for this one.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Crystal Palace Starting XI: Vicente Guaita, Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill, Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jairo Riedewald, James McArthur, Eberechi Eze, Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew.
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Rhys Williams, Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Divok Origi.