How Liverpool will line up against Crystal Palace today


iverpool are without Trent Alexander-Arnold because of a non-Covid illness for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp has taken the opportunity to rotate his entire back four from the one which started the Champions League victory over AC Milan in midweek, with James Milner coming in at right-back and Kostas Tsimikas replacing Andy Robertson at left-back.

In the centre of defence, summer signing Ibrahima Konate makes his first competitive start as he partners Virgil van Dijk.

Van Dijk was an unused substitute on Wednesday with Joe Gomez making his return after 10 months out with a knee inury.

A Van Dijk-Konate pairing allows Joel Matip to get a deserved break. Injuries have been an unfortunate part of Matip’s Liverpool career but he has played every minute of Reds’ five games this season and impressed in defence as well as pushing forward.

In midfield, the desperately sad injury for Harvey Elliott at Leeds last Sunday after his bold start to the season means Klopp reverts to the trio of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara.

Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Milner, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mane.

Liverpool squad from: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mane. Adrián, Kelleher, N Williams, Phillips, Matip, Tsimikas, Keïta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Jones, Origi, Gordon, Minamino, Gomez.

Injured Firmino (hamstring, Oct), Elliott (ankle, unknown)

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