Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

All eyes will be on one man at Anfield for Saturday’s late kick-off as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard leads his side against Crystal Palace for what will be his last competitive home match for his hometown club.

And so far, he is finishing his 17-year tenure in the Reds first team in style, heading the winner against Queens Park Rangers and then the equaliser at champions Chelsea on Sunday. Those were great moments for the skipper, but it would be an enormously emotional fairytale if he were to net here.

The overall context of the game will inevitably be overshadowed, but the performance in West London left plenty to build on as they attacked with real positivity in the second half. Glen Johnson – who will also surely make his Anfield farewell – produced his best showing for some time, with top performer Philippe Coutinho continuing to shine.

Like it was at Chelsea two weeks ago, it will be down to Palace to attempt to spoil the party, although their run of four straight defeats does not suggest they can do so. However, they did show impressive spirit to fight back against Manchester United in the last game, only to just fall short.

Glenn Murray may still be wondering how he did not register a goal in that encounter, but this may turn out to be an opportunity for Fraizer Campbell or Marouane Chamakh to prove their worth to manager Alan Pardew after returning from lengthy injury lay-offs.

Liverpool are hopeful that Mamadou Sakho may make his return from a hamstring injury in time to play, but Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan are still ruled out.

The away side have the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Martin Kelly hoping to get the nod to play at left-back against his former club.

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