Liverpool predicted XI v Crystal Palace: Jordan Henderson fit, Mario Balotelli 50/50

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Here’s the side we reckon Brendan Rodgers could select to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday – desperate to stop the rot of three consecutive defeats in all competitions.

Jon Flanagan remains a long-term absentee, as does Daniel Sturridge, while Mamadou Sakho is unlikely to return the starting XI. Jordan Henderson is fit enough to start, while Mario Balotelli faces a late fitness test. Emre Can has also picked up a knock, but could still be selected.

GK) Simon Mignolet

Barring an injury in the match warmup, the Belgian will start in goal.

DR) Glen Johnson

Because of the hostile atmosphere and direct football deployed by the Eagles, the more experienced Johnson could be selected ahead of Javier Manquillo.

DL) Alberto Moreno

Joe Enrique is carrying a knock (again), but Moreno should be an automatic starter anyway.

DC) Martin Skrtel

Rodgers always selects the Slovakian when fit – who was one of the defenders largely at fault for Palace’s comeback in the same fixture last season.

DC) Dejan Lovren

The Croatian is likely to retain his place, with Sakho lacking match practice or match fitness.

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