Liverpool will have the opportunity to open up a seven-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table when they welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday afternoon. 

The Reds once again play before Manchester City this weekend, which presents them with an opportunity to pile pressure on Pep Guardiola’s men, and hopefully force an unlikely slip-up. 

Here are three things to look forward to as the Reds host the Eagles: 

3. Crystal Palace Gunning for an Upset

Wilfried Zaha

Not many people are expecting Crystal Palace to get anything out of their trip to Anfield. They clearly are the inferior side and seem destined to give in to the league leaders’ relentless pressure. However, after their unlikely win at the Etihad Stadium, we can’t really rule an upset out of the equation. 

Palace have kept more clean sheets than any other team outside the top four this season and will look to improve their record against the league leaders. Their attack on the other hand, has been their weakest link, as they have scored only 20 goals in 22 games. 

2. Injury Issues Persist for the Reds

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Summer signing Fabinho partnered Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s defence last weekend as they nicked a hard-fought 1-0 win at Brighton. Tonight, he probably will move back to his natural position thanks to Joel Matip’s return but Liverpool are still not out of the woods. 

The Reds’ ever-reliable right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has recovered from a knee problem but could be kept out to avoid aggravating his injury. In midfield, Georginio Wijnaldum will face a late fitness test to determine if he is fit to play after suffering a knee problem of his own. 

1. Liverpool’s Ability to Handle Pressure

Mohamed Salah

Liverpool have always been one of the dominant forces in English football. However, despite their legendary status, it’s been a while since their last English top-flight title – 29 years, to be precise. 

This season, the omens have been rather positive. They have a four-point advantage at the summit, and have every right to fancy themselves for the title. 

Tonight, they’ll take on a side that has a reputation for frustrating their opponents. Manchester City’s fate should be a stern enough warning for Jurgen Klopp not to take the Eagles for granted. 

The Reds have managed some gritty wins this campaign and they are likely to be forced to produce yet another dogged display tonight. 

Looking at three things to expect as Liverpool host Crystal Palace in the Premier League

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