Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of today’s Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has played down the absence of key Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for today’s meeting.
The visitors today will again be without their two main attackers, who are away competing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
It will no doubt boost Palace, who lost 3-0 to Liverpool in September with the pair on target – both hit doubles against the south London outfit last season, too.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have coped well without Salah and Mane, winning three of the four games they have missed to progress in two cup competitions and move up to second in the Premier League.
Vieira said: “Liverpool is a team. It is not just about those two players they are missing.
“Obviously with those two players they are stronger but there are still a couple of players who are playing well with fantastic talents, so the best way to describe this team, before talking about individual talents, is to talk about the team – and this is a strong team.”
Diogo Jota stepped up in the absence of Salah and Mane on Thursday to fire Liverpool to a 2-0 win away to Arsenal which booked a spot in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley next month.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp does not expect his side to repeat last season’s heroics away at Crystal Palace when they smashed the London side 7-0, saying on Friday that that huge win was a “freak of nature”.
Klopp said that Palace had found stability under Vieira and that he expected a battle against a tough side who sit 11th in the standings.
“That (7-0 win) was a one off. These days happen, it’s a freak of nature and it doesn’t happen usually,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Sunday’s match.
“They’ve changed and improved. They look like a really stable team now. It’s a really good Premier League team with a few really unlucky results, I would say.”
Klopp said midfielder Harvey Elliott could return after the international break, having spent almost five months out of action due to ankle surgery, and that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is training again and could rejoin the squad on Sunday after recovering from an ankle injury.