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Lucas Leiva is suspended for the visit of Crystal Palace so Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has to find a replacement in central midfield.

Jordan Henderson, who has operated predominantly on the right this season, is the most likely candidate to switch to the centre.

Depending on which formation Rodgers opts for that could mean an opening for the likes of Iago Aspas, Raheem Sterling or Luis Alberto.

Meanwhile, Yannick Bolasie could make his first appearance of the season for Palace, at Liverpool.

The winger will travel to Anfield having recovered from a torn hamstring, while defender Damien Delaney should also be in the squad after shaking off an ankle knock.

But manager Ian Holloway revealed two of his starting XI from the 2-0 defeat at Southampton last week are set to miss out through injury, although he would not specify the players concerned.

Liverpool were top the last time they played at Anfield, only to fluff their lines against Southampton.

Temporarily, at least, they can return to the summit by defeating Crystal Palace.

A home win seems likely, but Ian Holloway will enjoy returning to Merseyside.

He won on his last visit as Blackpool manager, comfortably outplaying a Liverpool team then managed by Roy Hodgson.

Palace look doomed to relegation already, but Holloway knows how to bruise the big boys and despite some promising results, Liverpool’s form is erratic.

They have Luis Suárez back at Anfield on Premier League duty for the first time since his early lunch against Chelsea, though.

Stat of the game: Daniel Sturridge has scored five of Liverpool’s eight Premier League goals, representing 62.5 per cent.

Liverpool (Possible, 4-3-1-2): Mignolet; Wisdom, Touré, Skrtel, Sakho; Henderson, Gerrard, Moses; Aspas; Sturridge, Súarez.
Out: Johnson, Cissokho (both ankle), Allen (hamstring), Coutinho (shoulder), Lucas (suspended).

Crystal Palace (Possible, 4-4-2): Speroni; Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Kébé, Dikacoi, Jedinak, Bannan; Jerome, Chamakh.
Out: Hunt, Wlliams (both ankle), McCarthy (groin), Murray (knee).
Test: Delaney (ankle).

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Matches: 3. R1 Y14.

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