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Liverpool VS Crystal Palace Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 23 Jan 2022

Liverpool VS Crystal Palace Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 23 Jan 2022

Gameweek 5 of the 2021/22 Premier League season gets underway on Friday, and on Saturday, as many as six games will be on show. Liverpool will have the chance to capture the summit of the top-flight when they play hosts to Crystal Palace at Anfield. Liverpool have been in fine touch early in the campaign, having won four of their five games so far. While not exactly at their best on either end of the pitch, the Reds have been rediscovering their resilient side, as was evidenced most recently in their come from behind 3-2 win over AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League. In the Premier League, they are level on points with Manchester United and Chelsea.

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, appear to be in a gradual process of transitioning from Roy Hodgson’s ways to Patrick Vieira’s ideology. The Eagles, though, have been quite impressive since suffering an opening day defeat to Chelsea, having played out back-to-back draws with Brentford and West Ham United before handing a shock 3-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend. The corresponding fixture last season saw Liverpool beating Crystal Palace 2-0, with Sadio Mane scoring a goal in each half. Ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.

Liverpool have already dispelled most of the doubts about how they would cope while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are at the Africa Cup of Nations. They are yet to lose without their star forwards but Jürgen Klopp knows there is no room for error if they are to maintain any hope of reeling in Manchester City. Crystal Palace have lost their past nine league meetings with Liverpool by an aggregate score of 27-5 but will be mightily relieved not to be facing Salah and Mané, as they have contributed 17 of those goals between them. Palace are boosted by Jordan Ayew’s early return following Ghana’s Afcon exit. Stephen Hollis

Crystal Palace: Patrick Vieira’s team is boosted by the return of Jordan Ayew as the Ghanaian national team were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations. However, key starters Wilfried Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate remain unavailable as they are still at the competition. Additionally, James Tomkins and James McArthur are still out injured.

Liverpool: The team is still without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, who are all still at the Africa Cup of Nations. In terms of injuries, we’ll have our eyes on whether Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joel Matip play. Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the EFL Cup semifinal match against Arsenal on Thursday due to an ankle injury. Matip lasted just 45 minutes in that game with Jurgen Klopp looking to be careful and not risk his starting center back.

A missed penalty, a woodwork hit and plenty of VAR controversy – Palace’s showdown with Brighton typified a proper Premier League derby. However, Patrick Vieira may be counting his lucky stars that his side travelled back from the Amex with a point to their name.

With Jack Butland saving a tame penalty from Pascal Gross and Neal Maupay having a goal ruled out for a foul on the ‘keeper, Palace took the lead against the run of play courtesy of usual suspect Conor Gallagher before Joachim Andersen turned into his own net with three minutes remaining.

Palace’s search for a first Premier League win of 2022 goes on, but Vieira’s side are sitting comfortably in 11th position before the weekend’s fixtures kick off, with 10th-placed Leicester City one point clear having played two games fewer.

For all of the attacking talent at Vieira’s disposal, a paltry tally of two wins from their last 10 in the Premier League represents that of a side still with great strides to make if they are to establish themselves as a top-half outfit, but home is where the heart is for the Eagles.

Indeed, Vieira’s side have only lost two of their 11 top-flight games at Selhurst Park this season and have scored at least two goals in each of their last four on home soil, but Liverpool certainly have fond memories of playing at this ground.

Any fears of Liverpool producing an equally woeful attacking performance in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final with Arsenal were quickly extinguished on Thursday, as Diogo Jota lit up the Emirates to propel the Reds into next month’s final.

The Portuguese spun Takehiro Tomiyasu before seeing his scuffed effort put Liverpool in the ascendancy before the half-time whistle, and he proceeded to double his side’s tally with a delightful dink over the onrushing Aaron Ramsdale – initially chalked off for offside before a VAR review – with Jurgen Klopp’s men now preparing for a shot at glory versus Chelsea.

The Anfield faithful will certainly welcome that opportunity for silverware as the Premier League title slips further and further away from them, with Klopp’s side currently 11 points behind Manchester City with a game in hand after putting three unanswered goals past Brentford last Sunday.

Three consecutive clean sheets across all competitions certainly serves as reason for optimism for this Liverpool side, who will be determined to end their three-game winless run away from home in the Premier League at a stadium which was certainly kind to them last year.

Roy Hodgson was forced to witness his Crystal Palace side succumb to a humiliating 7-0 defeat in this fixture last season, which marked Liverpool’s ninth Premier League win on the bounce versus the Eagles, and their sixth in succession away from home.

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