Liverpool will be under pressure to get their faltering season back on track as they go to South London to face Crystal Palace, another side in need of a result.
Neil Warnock will have been left wondering how things would have turned out at Manchester United last time out had Fraizer Campbell managed to convert a fine opportunity just before half time, but a goal in the second period from Juan Mata broke their resistance and condemned Palace to a fourth defeat in five games.
Saturday’s results saw them slip to second from bottom, but the Eagles will be confident of upsetting a side which looks to be feeling the pressure. They may also draw inspiration from last season’s amazing comeback in this fixture, as they came from 3-0 down to grab a point.
While the performance against Chelsea was an improvement on previous outings, the gap in quality that seems to have developed between the two sides was obvious, and the Reds now find themselves languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League.
To make matters worse, Daniel Sturridge picked up yet another injury in the week which is set to keep him out until the New Year, leaving Brendan Rodgers with plenty to think about in attacking areas with Mario Balotelli misfiring, while Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert appearing to be on the fringes.
James McArthur will be assessed for Crystal Palace, but captain Mile Jedinak is back available following a one-match ban.
Aside from Sturridge, Liverpool are likely to have Balotelli fit after he pulled out of the Italian squad during the international break.
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