Liverpool vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Latest Premier League updates

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Liverpool host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday night as they search for their first win of the new season following a disappointing draw to newly-promoted Fulham at Craven Cottage last Saturday.

It wasn’t the start Jurgen Klopp‘s man wanted or expected as they attempt to challenge for the top-flight title again this year. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s brace was enough to earn the Cottagers a point but the Reds came from behind twice to spare themselves some blushes. The saving grace was new signing Darwin Nunez who started brightly and got on the scoresheet in his first experience of Premier League football.

Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace meanwhile slumped to defeat against a confident Arsenal side who ran out 2-0 winners at Selhurst Park on the opening night of the season. The Eagles lost both meetings to Liverpool last season including a 3-0 defeat at Anfield. Can they improve under the lights this evening or will the Reds come out firing on all cylinders?

Follow all the action from Anfield as Liverpool take on Crystal Palace:

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Liverpool’s startling form

Liverpool are unbeaten in all 20 Premier League matches in 2022 with 16 wins and four draws. They have also won their opening Premier League home game in each of the last nine seasons.

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Jurgen Klopp backs Luis Diaz to bring goals to Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Luis Diaz can score 10 to 15 goals a season as he steps into the role vacated by the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.

The Colombian scored six in 26 appearances after joining from Benfica in January as the transition of the Reds’ forward line began but now he is expected to start every week there is a greater responsibility on the 25-year-old to deliver.

Diaz had a goal ruled out for offside and hit the woodwork in the 2-2 draw with Fulham in their Premier League opener and he will be expected to supplement the goals from Mohamed Salah and new signing Darwin Nunez, who has scored twice in his first two appearances.

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Can Palace keep Liverpool at bay?

Crystal Palace lost against Arsenal in their opening match of the season but they haven’t lost their first two games in a Premier League campaign since 2017-18.

Can they keep Liverpool quiet tonight?

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Landmarks for Firmino

Liverpool’s No.9, Roberto Firmino, would become the 15th player in the club’s history to score on all seven days of the week if he nets against Crystal Palace tonight.

Firmino can also bring up 200 Premier League starts for the Reds if he’s selected in the XI by Jürgen Klopp.

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Kouyate joins Nottingham Forest

Cheikhou Kouyate left Crystal Palace earlier this summer after failing to agree a new contract with the club.

The 32-year-old has recently signed for Nottingham Forest on a free transfer and the Eagles have sent well wishes to their former midfielder.

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace’s 10 consecutive Premier League defeats in this fixture is their longest top-flight losing run against another team.

But, Jurgen Klopp’s first competitive loss as Liverpool manager came against Crystal Palace when the Eagles inflicted a 2-1 defeat at Anfield in November 2015.

Who will triumph tonight?

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Graeme Souness defends ‘man’s game’ comment after Chelsea vs Tottenham

Graeme Souness has defended describing football as a “man’s game” following Chelsea’s feisty draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Sky Sports pundit discussed the ill-tempered affair, with the two managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte twice clashing on the touchline.

Souness praised referee Anthony Taylor for letting plenty to go and allowing the game to flow.

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‘Palace need to score more’ says Vieira

Following Crystal Palace’s season opening defeat to Arsenal, Patrick Vieira’s focus was about his team being more clinical in front of goal.

“The difference between the two teams today is that they scored those goals, and we created two really good chances to score,” he said after the match.

“We were in a really good period in the second-half and we didn’t take our chances.

“In games like that there is a key moment, and in those key moments we didn’t score that goal to lift the crowd and to build even more that momentum. This is something that we have to work on.”

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Tsimikas could return for Liverpool

Kostas Tsimikas could also be back for Liverpool tonight after a knock kept him out of the trip to Craven Cottage last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp spoke about his squad on Friday and said: “A couple of boys are coming back: Naby [Keita] will be back for Monday and Kostas will train today for the first time so he might be back as well.

“That’s the situation.”

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Henderson on returning to Anfield

Jordan Henderson cannot wait to get back to playing at Anfield and is excited to get Liverpool’s first home match of the season underway.

Writing in the programme notes for the clash with Crystal Palace the Liverpool captain wrote: “The first home game of a new season is always one of the fixtures that anyone who is lucky enough to be involved in football just can’t wait for. It was the same when I was a kid, going to matches with my dad, and it applies even more now that I have the privilege of playing for Liverpool,”

He added: “It might happen every year, but you could never get bored of this feeling.

“There is always a different atmosphere in and around the ground. You can feel the excitement and there is a real sense of occasion. I have been here long enough to know exactly what Anfield will be like and the fact that we kick off with a night game only adds to the anticipation.

“These are the days we all live for as players, staff and supporters so hopefully between us we can make the most of it by getting off to the best possible start.