Daniel Sturridge remains doubtful as Liverpool FC travel to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
It is down to two games now and both Manchester City and Liverpool are tied at the top of the table with 80 points. City however have a superior goal difference, making them the favourites at this point. But Liverpool have an opportunity to take a three point lead as they travel face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park and put pressure on Man City who face Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Getting three points at Selhurst Park won’t be walk in the park however. The Eagles have won five of their last six matches in all competitions and Tony Pulis has transformed them into a potent unit since taking over. In fact Crystal Palace have won three of their last four matches at home against the Reds and Tony Pulis is yet to face a home defeat against Liverpool in his managerial career.
Brendan Rodgers nearly has a full fit squad to choose from ahead of this match. Jose Enrique, whose last appearance for the Reds was in the 4-0 win over Fulham back in November, will continue his spell at side-lines. Jordan Henderson will serve the final game of his three-match suspension as he frustratingly watches his team fight for the title from the stands.
But Liverpool’s biggest concern ahead of this game is the fitness of Daniel Sturridge. Having missed the match against Norwich with a hamstring problem, the England international made an appearance from the bench against Chelsea, but didn’t look match fit. The Liverpool striker didn’t train this week and is doubtful to start against Crystal Palace tonight.
Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to make any changes to the starting line-up he used in the 0-2 loss against Chelsea at Anfield in their last game. He might look to change the defence though, which has conceded seven goals in their last four matches. There is possibility of Rodgers bringing back Daniel Agger or Kolo Toure in the side.
Expected starting line-up (4-3-3): Mignolet (GK); Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan; Lucas, Gerrard, Allen; Sterling, Suarez, Coutinho