iverpool is without Trent Alexander-Arnold due to an illness unrelated to Covid for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.
Jurgen Klopp took the opportunity to turn his back on four of the one who started the Champions League win over AC Milan in midweek, with James Milner at right-back and Kostas Tsimikas replacing Andy Robertson at left back.
In the middle of the defense, summer signing Ibrahima Konate makes his first competitive start as a partner of Virgil van Dijk.
Van Dijk was an unused replacement on Wednesday with Joe Gomez returning after a 10-month absence with a knee injury.
A Van Dijk-Konate duo allows Joel Matip to get a deserved break. Injuries have been an unfortunate part of Matip’s career at Liverpool, but he has played every minute of the Reds’ five games this season and has impressed in defense as well as advancing.
In midfield, Harvey Elliott’s hopelessly sad injury at Leeds last Sunday after his daring start to the season means Klopp returns to the trio of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara.
Liverpool starting eleven: Alisson, Milner, Konaté, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mane.
Liverpool team of: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mane. Adrián, Kelleher, N Williams, Phillips, Matip, Tsimikas, Keïta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Jones, Origi, Gordon, Minamino, Gomez.
Injured Firmino (hamstring, oct), Elliott (ankle, unknown)