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Lovren looking primed for Palace place.


LIVERPOOL'S tried and trusted were the reason they landed a significant blow in the Premier League title race on Sunday.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane earned the Reds a memorable 3-1 win against champions Manchester City at Anfield.

It kept Liverpool unbeaten in the Premier League this season and opened up an eight-point lead at the top of the table.

Jurgen Klopp will now keep his fingers crossed his players return unscathed from the forthcoming international break.

Here we look ahead to the changes the Reds boss could make when his side are next in action at Crystal Palace on Saturday week. The Gomez question Liverpool's defence has been pretty settled this season with the exception of who partners Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.

Joe Gomez is the preferred longterm option but Dejan Lovren's performance against City means it would be harsh to leave him out.

Elsewhere, the sheer workload on the two full-backs could lead to a change.

James Milner is the obvious man to come in, with Andy Robertson probably the most in need of a rest with Trent Alexander-Arnold not an automatic starter with England. Central reservations Liverpool's midfield has been very much horses for courses under Klopp.

And the international workload could come into his thinking.

James Milner and Adam Lallana will be back at Melwood for the most part, and will give Klopp a chance to work more closely with them.

Naby Keita, meanwhile, will be knocking on the door.

Much, though, will depend on his minutes for Guinea against Mali and Namibia.

Come in Divock? Mohamed Salah took another crack to his troubled left ankle on Sunday thanks to a firm but fair tackle from Fernandinho.

The Egyptian has travelled to star for his country over the next week and Liverpool will be keeping their fingers crossed.

Divock Origi would be the obviously player on standby.

And if Roberto Firmino - as happened in September - is benched after his latest travels with Brazil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has emerged as an option as a false number nine.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 12, 2019
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