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Liverpool predicted XI v Crystal Palace

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After a short international break, Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

The trip to Selhurst Park will bring memories of heartbreak for Brendan Rodgers' side. Last season, the Reds threw a 3-0 lead away with just ten minutes remaining, all but handing the Premier League title to Manchester City.

Both sides enter the clash in desperate need of a victory.

The away side sit just 11th in the table, a massive 15 points behind league leaders Chelsea and have lost their last two games in the top flight.

Palace are suffering after the resignation of Tony Pulis and are 17th in the table on nine points, only one goal separating them and the relegation zone.

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Goalkeeper - Simon Mignolet

It's difficult to see why the Belgian won't regain his place in the Liverpool goal.

Mignolet is one of the league's best shot-stoppers, as saw in previous games against Real Madrid and Chelsea.

The game at the Santiago Bernabeu in particular brought the best out of the former Sunderland man, who made a number of top class saves and reduced the deficit to just 1-0.

It is the 26-year-old's handling and decision making that puts question marks over his capabilities. It's no secret that Mignolet is poor when claiming the ball, especially from set-pieces, and Palace could look to exploit that.

Right-back - Javier Manquillo

The Spaniard has battled Glen Johnson for the role all season, and I see him getting the nod here.

A clean sheet is an absolute must for Liverpool at Selhurst Park and Manquillo is the better defender.

His large stature makes it difficult for wingers to get past him and he times his tackling well.

He too can get forwards, and keeps width well on the right-wing which will be a great assist for his side.

Centre-back - Kolo Toure

Toure was superb in Liverpool's 1-0 loss to Madrid. He put in a whole-hearted performance, putting his body on the line for his side and made six blocks in the game.

It came as a surprise when the Ivorian did not remain the centre-of-defence against Chelsea and replaced by Dejan Lovren.

However, the £20 million summer signing put in another dismal display, looking nervous throughout and was far from convincing.

Rodgers knows how important it is to gain confidence within the Reds' defence and Lovren is not inflicting this.

Toure displayed he can do so in the Spanish capital and should be given the nod.

Centre-back - Martin Skrtel

The Slovakian has been finding form of late, after a difficult start to the season.

He was involved in a superb, physical battle with Diego Costa against the West London outfit, and held his own against the forward.

It seems that he gels better with Toure than Lovren, as shown against Madrid.

Left-back - Alberto Moreno

The £12 million summer signing has quickly became a fan favourite on Merseyside.

Moreno is a beast when going forward, so powerful and pacey. His services are always on offer on the left-hand side and links well with several Reds players.

His defensive duties are lacking, but he knows they must improve and will come in time.

The Spaniard has been on the end of two high error mistakes, however his tackling is for the most part very good and his speed makes it difficult for wingers to beat him.

Defensive-midfield - Steven Gerrard

The Liverpool captain began the season slow, however, recently he has been finding his old form recently, and starting to impact games more.

Gerrard is linking well with Emre Can in the midfield and they have an excellent relationship of one going and one covering.

His set-pieces are still as good as ever and could easily assist a goal or two and the 34-year-old is starting to commit more to attacks, which can also bring

Centre-midfield - Jordan Henderson

Henderson is just the player you want to play in away games.

His work-rate is second-to-none, always putting pressure on the ball from the first to the final whistle.

The former Sunderland man's forward play has significantly improved this season too, and has displayed much better vision and has a good understanding with Raheem Sterling, who he has assisted twice this term.

Centre-midfield - Emre Can

The German has come into his own in Liverpool's last two games.

Against Real Madrid, he looked to put pressure on Luka Modric and Toni Kroos and was a threat going forward.

Likewise, against Chelsea, he was one of the best players on the pitch and drove at the Blues' defence with venom and was rewarded with his first goal at Anfield.

Can has everything you look for in a midfielder - he can pass, tackle, shoot and works hard.

He's quickly becoming a fan-favourite at the Merseyside club, however one question that remains about him is his fitness rate. Against both Madrid and Chelsea, he started brightly but tired after the break and was substituted.

Left-wing - Adam Lallana

Since his £25 million move from Southampton in the summer, Lallana has not been given the game time he expected.

In Liverpool's last four games, he's played just once despite not yet having a real poor game for the club.

He showed his capabilities England last week when setting up Wayne Rooney and Rodgers must have been watching closely.

The Three Lions regular is a wizard with the ball at his feet, and can menace defenders throughout games as well has having excellent vision.

His defensive duties aren't bad either and work hard throughout.

Right-wing - Raheem Sterling

The youngster has been the Reds' best player this season.

In the absence of Daniel Sturridge, Sterling has stepped up to the plate.

His wicked pace and ball skills make life extremely difficult for defenders and has been superb this campaign.

It's likely he will be all over the pitch for Liverpool. His tendency to drift inside causes problems for the opposition and will give Manquillo plenty of space out wide.

Striker - Rickie Lambert

Mario Balotelli pulled out of Italy's squad to face Croatia last week with a thigh strain, and with Sturridge's latest injury, he will likely not be risked.

Lambert will likely come in and lead the Liverpool line, something he hasn't done badly when given the opportunity.

The former Southampton man works hard and is intelligent when the ball is at his feet - he holds it up well and plays his team-mates in very cleverly.

It too gives Rodgers' men a Plan B - making it possible to play a long ball for the England international.

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