Crystal Palace meet Liverpool on Monday night at Selhurst Park and should provide a test of the new-look backline for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Both teams have scored in each of the last six matches between the two sides at Selhurst Park, so this should prove more of a chastising test for the visitors than last weekend’s drubbing of West Ham at Anfield.
Liverpool looked like a well-oiled attacking machine as they swept the Hammers aside last Sunday, though in truth the resistance was fairly futile from Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
Mohamed Salah picked up where he left off last term by opening the scoring while Sadio Mane netted a brace. Roberto Firmino looked lively and new arrival Naby Keita also shone in midfield.
Klopp has strengthened what was already an impressive attacking unit, with Xherdan Shaqiri in reserve and Daniel Sturridge having come off the bench to score and remind everyone he’s still there too.
Liverpool have scored at least two goals in their last four trips to Palace and they look well equipped to keep that run going.
If Palace are going to cause problems then it doesn’t need a leap of faith to see star man Wilfried Zaha involved.
Roy Hodgson’s side also impressed with an attacking display in their 2-0 victory at Fulham last weekend and already have the same points after one game this season than they did after nine last term.
Zaha has finally committed to a new deal and that will be a huge relief for Palace fans. A goal for the Ivory Coast international on Monday would see him become Palace’s all-time leading Premier League scorer and he’s a fair bet to get that.
This fixture has a habit of producing goals, going back a long, long way. Eight goals were shared in an FA Cup epic all those moons ago, while more recently Liverpool let slip a three-goal lead in a memorable game under Brendan Rodgers as they fell short in a frantic title race.
Palace have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven matches and can ask questions of new signing Alisson in the opposing goal.
With Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold keen to attack from full-back berths, the home side should get space to attack.
Liverpool have won their last four against Palace and should do so again and, one way or another, there are likely to be plenty of goals scored.
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