Liverpool predicted starting XI v Crystal Palace

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Brendan Rodgers continues his serge for a first trophy at Liverpool on Saturday when his side take on Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Selhurst Park.

The Reds went close in the League Cup earlier this term when they were knocked out by old foes Chelsea in the semi-finals of the competition. Over a thrilling two legs, Brataslan Ivanovic's fourth minute goal in extra time during the second leg caused Rodgers and his men heartbreak as they were beaten 2-1 on aggregate.

So close, so far - however that cup run will have given the Northern Irishman a taste for silverware.

Liverpool made hard work of their fourth round FA Cup tie against Bolton Wanderers to advance to the next stage of the world's oldest cup competition.

After a goalless stalemate at Anfield, late goals from Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho turned the replay against the Trotters on it's head and the Merseyside club crawled through to the fifth round winning 2-1.

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Palace have had a complete turn around in form since Alan Pardew took the helm from Neil Warnock. Pardew has won five of his seven games in charge of the London club which includes FA Cup wins against Dover Athletic and Premier League high-flyers Southampton to reach the last 16.

To come one step closer to Wembley, Liverpool will have to surpass their curse of Selhurst Park. In their six visits, the Merseyside club have managed just one point and have been well below par in the last two years.

During the 2013/14 season, the Reds threw a three goal lead away to draw 3-3 and handed the Premier League title to Manchester City.

This campaign, Warnock produced one of his best results during his fourth month spell in charge of Palace. His side produced a fabulous performance and goals from Dwight Gale, Joe Ledley and Mile Jadinak saw the Eagles romp to a 3-1 win.

Strong line-up likely

There's no hiding that Rodgers wants to add a cup to the Liverpool trophy room that has been starved of silverware since they won they League Cup in 2012.

The FA Cup is a very open competition this season and it could come down to the luck of the draw. With Premier League leaders Chelsea, second-placed Manchester City and Southampton all going out any one is capable of winning the tournament. 

Based on how the former Swansea City manager lined up against Bolton, he will be putting out his strongest team possible for this important fifth round clash.

Can into midfield

Emre Can has been in frightening form and his latest performance during Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday was his best in a Red shirt. The German was a beast playing at the back; he controlled the pursuing Harry Kane and Eric Lamela, not allowing the Spurs attackers any time on the ball and won 100% of his tackles.

Rodgers has enjoyed having someone as comfortable on the ball as Can playing at the back in recent weeks. The ex-Bayer Leverkusen man is composed with the ball at his feet in any situation and a simple drop of the shoulder gives him time to pick out the correct pass.

In the second-half against Spurs, Can was moved into midfield when Steven Gerrard went off. Again, he impressed in his new role that will be his future and controlled the pace of the game.

With this being such an important game and given Liverpool's poor record at Selhurst Park, Rodgers will want someone to dictate the contest - Can gives him that option.

He will join Jordan Henderson in the centre of the park, who will take the captain's armband from the injured Gerrard. Henderson's role was be vitally important and he will look to inflict his energy into the game and use the ball with purpose.

Lovren to be recalled

Dejan Lovren has been on the side-lines for the past few months after losing his place in the starting XI. Since making his £20 million summer move from Southampton, he has been unsettled at the Merseyside club. At the start of the season was in dreadful form and made six defensive errors - more than anyone in the Premier League - and looked to be another player Liverpool overpaid for.

Lovren replaced Gerrard against Tottenham and slotted into the right-hand side of three centre-backs and the Croatia international looked much more composed. Lovren looked to have brushed the hefty price-tag played for him and get on with his natural game and defended with clarity.

Martin Skrtel and Mamdou Sakho have been regulars and they have formed a solid partnership at the back. Skrtel impressed against Spurs once again and although Sakho was at fault for Kane's goal he has been solid overall.

Ibe to impress again

Many thought it was a strange move when Jordan Ibe was recalled early from his loan at Derby County. He was thriving in the Championship playing regular football and developing into a real prospect.

The 19-year-old surprisingly started against Everton during the Merseyside derby and put in a man of the match performance. He was fantastic playing at right wing-back with his pace and skill a constant threat for Toffees' full-back Bryan Oviedo.

Against Spurs, he was equally impressive display. Ibe put in several dangerous crosses, one of which nearly resulted in Daniel Sturridge netting and was directly involved in Mario Balotelli's winner.

Alberto Moreno has occupied the role of left wing-back and has been excellent. The Spaniard offers width and constantly looks to drive at the opposition's back-four and too defends well.

Lallana in, Coutinho out

Philippe Coutinho has been at his best in Rodgers' new system. Space has been created for the Brazilian and he constantly looks to expose it.

However, his performance was not as characteristic as against Tottenham mid-week. Coutinho looked a little of the boil and at times struggled to keep up with the pace of the game.

Adam Lallana came on as a substitute and was fantastic. He was lively, creative and always looked to penetrate the Spurs defence. The former Southampton man's movement was fantastic to receive Ibe's pass and his ball to find Balotelli for Liverpool's winner was inch perfect.

Raheem Sterling looks like he will lose the race against time to be fit for the game and even if he is able to play, Liverpool will not want to risk further injury to the youngster.

Lazar Markovic played just behind the striker on Tuesday and was fairly decent. He got into good positions played smart passes and took his goal very well. He will likely remain in the starting line-up.

Sturridge to spearhead attack

The return of Daniel Sturridge has given Liverpool a massive boost. The former Chelsea striker netted 21 Premier League goals last season when playing second fiddle to Luis Suarez and has looked sharp upon his return.

He made his first start for almost six months against Spurs and despite missing two glorious chance he won Liverpool a penalty in the second-half.

Sturridge will be hungry for goals after netting just twice this season and will desperately look to aid his side advance to the next round of the competition.

Predicted Line-up

Mignolet; Lovren, Skrtel, Sakho; Ibe, Can, Henderson, Moreno, Lallana, Markovic; Sturridge.

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