Emotions are expected to run high tomorrow at Anfield, when Liverpool takes on Crystal Palace in Steven Gerrad’s final home match for the club.
Gerrald is headed to the MLS at the end of the season, after a glittering carrer at the Merseyside club. The 34 year old skipper further apologized to the rest of the team for taking the lime light away for the game, but it doesn’t do much harm as Liverpool have little left to play for this season.
Their draw with Chelsea last week ended any hopes of a top four finish, and with 6th placed Tottenham four points adrift, Liverpool only look to secure a Europa League qualification with a Win over Palace.
Crystal Palace arrive at Merseyside bruised after an unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Manchester United last weekend, So Andrew Pardew Looks to be desperate to bounce back with a positive result tomorrow.
However the Londoners also have little left to play for as they are currently placed 12th in the EPL table and are guaranteed to be playing top flight football again next season.
Gerrard is set to lead the side out at Anfield for the final time and start in midfield alongside Jordan Henderson.
Mamadou Sakho is back in training after recovering from a hamstring injury but the French international isn’t expected to be back in contention just yet.
Jason Puncheon is almost certain to come back into the starting eleven while Martin Kelly could also get a recall in defence.
Daniel Sturridge is out for the rest of the season and with Rickie Lambert failing to impress last week, Raheem Sterling may lead the line up front.
Alberto Moreno is pushing for a recall and could start at left-back, while Jordon Ibe may get a run-out in attack.
Palace have no fresh injury worries to contend with but Pardew has confirmed he’ll make a couple of changes from the side that performed so well against Man Utd last week.
Lucas Leiva could come back into the starting eleven in the holding role after making two substitute appearances in recent weeks.