Predicted Liverpool Line-up vs Crystal Palace – Rickie Lambert To Lead The Attack

The last time Liverpool visited Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace inflicted one of those painful moments that would haunt Gerrard and co. for years to come. Brendan Rodgers’ side were leading 3-0 when Selhurst Park witnessed one of those astonishing Premier League comeback stories. In an ill-judged attempt to claw back goal, Liverpool virtually let the title slip. Six months on, much has changed. The crying Suarez from that nighthas left for Barcelona, and Liverpool can’t buy a goal at thismoment. The attacking fluidity is missing and all the creative football lacks an end product, particularly in the absence of Daniel Sturridge.

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Here’s how the Reds are expected to line up against Palace.

Goalkeeper – Simon Mignolet

Mignolet is well and truly Liverpool’s first choice goalkeeper and despite some costly errors this season, remains the man Rodgers ttrusts between the sticks.

Defence -Johnson, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno.

Rodgers seems to opt for the tried and tested far too often. The young Javier Manquillo has played very little in recent times while Glen Johnson has had the backing of the manager. And Dejan Lovren’s struggles may have kept him out of the Croatian lineup against Italy, but his extended run in Liverpool colors is likely to continue. Martin Skrtel will part Lovren at the back while the electric Albert Moreno will be left back.

Midfield – Gerrard, Henderson, Can, Sterling, Lallana.

Jordan Henderson missed the game against Scotland with a slight hamstring injury, but should recover in time for the trip to London. He will partner Steven Gerrard in a 4-2-3-1, with the driving presence of Emre Can, who performed impressively against both Real Madrid and Chelsea, will be brought upon in attacking midfield.

Raheem Sterling’s influence is somewhat restricted on the right wing, but Rodgers is handicapped by lack of options. Adam Lallana will start on the other wing.

Forward – Rickie Lambert

With Daniel Sturridge in the sidelines, and Balotelli facing a late fitness test, the presence of a hungry Rickie Lambert in the box could be exactly what Liverpool need. Lambert’s inclusion will add a directness to Liverpool’s attacking play, something that could pay dividends.