The Reds travel to the stadium of last season’s denouement as they misguidedly tried to chase a goal difference and ended up conceding two late goals that left them with just a solitary point from a position of certain victory.
This game probably comes a week too early for the return of Daniel Sturridge and if anyone was in any doubt of the value of placing such high transfer figures on top players then just look how far Liverpool’s star has fallen since their top two goal scorers have been removed from the equation.
Without goals from Sturridge and Suarez, Liverpool have been left high and dry in the goal difference column and it is hard to see where the next goal is coming from.
After the home defeat to Chelsea, where Liverpool were clearly second best to the better team Brendan Rodgers has a lot of work to do to try and coax a performance from his misfiring squad.
Coutinho must be sick to death of being subbed off midway through the second half and I’m out of words to describe the manager’s perverse persistence with Balotelli. Why doesn’t he just accept that it’s not working?
Liverpool fans everywhere can see that Borini, a player that Rodgers once coveted when he brought him from Swansea offers a far higher work rate and what he might lack in class he more than makes up for in effort.
Isn’t that what every supporter wants? To see a player work their socks off into the ground even though they may not be the most technically proficient is far more preferable than seeing a player show flashes of inspiration and infuriate with their laid back body language.
Palace are rejuvenated under the astute management of Tony Pulis and this is going to be no easy ride.
A draw would be a good result for the Reds at this stage of the season.