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On Tuesday, Liverpool play Crystal Palace in the first pre-season friendly of the LFC Tour, the game takes place as part of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. With a final being held on Saturday where the winners of this tie will face the winners of the game between the other Premier league teams; West Brom and Leicester City. Kick off time is at 13:30 GMT, which is 20:00 in Hong Kong and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

This will be Liverpoolís 3rd pre-season match, the other two being the 4-0 win over Tranmere Rovers and the 2nd being a 1-1 draw against Wigan. The last time we played Crystal Palace was the 2-1 defeat at Anfield were former red, Christian Benteke scored and celebrated with Liverpool outcast Mamadou Sakho.

For Crystal Palace, it will be the first game under new manager Frank De Boer. The former Barcelona defender will be wanting to make a positive start in his first pre-season game. Contrary to how Crystal Palace have played in the past, De Boer is likely to try and play an expansive brand of Football in his time more akin to Ronald Koeman then Sam Allardyce. They have made only one signing so far in this window, that being Ruben Loftus-Cheek coming in from Chelsea on a season long loan.

However, they seem set to sign Ajax center-back Jairo Riedewald in the coming days, having been seemingly priced out of a move for our own Mamadou Sakho. Speculation on the futures of James McArthur and Chung-yong Lee are rife due to them not being included in the squad photo after both were named in the 25-man squad. Moreover, the inclusion of Michael Phillips in the squad photo Ė who is not included in the 25-man squad has also raised more questions than answers.

For Liverpool, itís the usual suspects who are in the 25-man squad which has recently just landed in Hong Kong with the notable exclusions of Mane (injury) Sakho (still in exile) and Markovic (shite).

Lucas Leiva is also not in the squad, which is down to his impending £5m move to Lazio. In terms of tactics, expect Klopp to mix things up for this game and experiment with new systems while still trying to keep his cards close to his chest as we play Palace in the 2nd week of the Premier League season. Stay tuned into the Redmen TV for Chrisís starting XI predictor show for our thoughts on the starting XI.



Article by Tom Culshaw