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Liverpool meet Crystal Palace in the Premier League tonight as three players are injured

Liverpool are back in the Premier League tonight as they face an away fixture at Crystal Palace.

The Reds travel to Selhurst Park to take on Palace in a bid to climb the table. Liverpool were beaten 5-2 by Real Madrid in their last Champions League game.

Jürgen Klopp’s side are currently eighth in the table and seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. However, that could change when Liverpool start in south London. Ibrahima Konate is preparing to return to the squad, after returning to training after a three-week absence due to a muscle injury. Luis Diaz, Calvin Ramsay and Thiago Alcantara remain on the sidelines.

But Klopp has been cautious about how soon Konate will return to the scene.

“Ibou is close, but he has had two sessions with us after a long injury,” the boss told reporters on Friday. “When the boys arrive, we see that they are not at their best right now. Now we have the situation with Bobby and Diogo. But they need minutes and they will get better. This is exactly the situation we have.

“We’re not sure if all the boys will be able to play again after Madrid due to a few punches here and there. We’re really not 100% clear. We have to and want to change something and we will do it anyway, but it’s not like you come back from a long injury and it works again.”

It remains to be seen whether these “hits” will temporarily exclude more stars. But it already seems clear that Klopp is planning several changes to freshen up his side.

Here’s a look at Liverpool’s expected squad who will be available against Crystal Palace barring late injury concerns.

Goalkeepers: Adrian, Alisson, Caoimhin Kelleher.

Defenders: Andy Robertson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas, Nat Phillips, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk.

Centrocampisti: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arthur Melo, Curtis Jones, Fabinho, Fabio Carvalho, Harvey Elliott, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Stefan Bajcetic.

Attaccanti: Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool will be looking to save face after losing 5-2 to Real Madrid this week in the Champions League by getting back to winning ways against Crystal Palace.

It’s easy to forget the fact that Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to Selhurst Park on the back of back-to-back Premier League wins after Liverpool backed a victory in the Merseyside derby with victory over four-rivals Newcastle United to bolster their To boost hopes of qualifying for Europe’s elite competition. However, it remains to be seen whether the midweek humiliation against Madrid will end up casting a shadow over the Reds.

Manager Klopp will face a series of selection calls as he attempts to get the ship back on track, with factors surrounding form and fitness likely to influence his selection for the Eagles clash. With Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota back in full fitness, the German manager might feel the need to rotate to keep the players as fresh as possible. Ibrahima Konaté is likely to be assessed ahead of the match but the Frenchman is likely to be sidelined after being described as ‘almost’ in top form as opposed to ‘in top form’.

Joe Gomez took a hit in Madrid’s loss and after playing poorly in the game as Liverpool scored five goals, it could be time for the England international to drop out of the starting line-up.

In truth, few players have rarely glorified themselves against Los Blancos, with strikers Darwin Núñez and Mohamed Salah arguably Liverpool’s best performers in defeat. Given that midfielders Jordan Henderson and Stefan Bajčetić were so influential in the Reds’ previous two league wins, you’d think they would hold onto their place.

Suspension list

No Liverpool player is suspended.