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TEAM NEWS: Matip and Lucas start, Brewster on the bench for Liverpool

17:33 EAT 23/04/2017
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The duo have shaken off their muscle niggles to make the 11 at Anfield, with the exciting 17-year-old named in a senior squad for the first time

Joel Matip and Lucas have won their fitness battles to line up for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Sunday, allowing Jurgen Klopp to field an unchanged XI at Anfield.

The pair had been struggling with muscle issues picked up in the win at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, but take their positions in the heart of defence and at the base of midfield respectively. 

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Ragnar Klavan once again misses out through a small medial ligament problem, while Daniel Sturridge has suffered a reoccurrence of his hip injury. 

The absence of the 27-year-old has opened up a space on the bench for exciting teenager Rhian Brewster, who is named in a senior squad for the first time.

The forward started the season for the club’s Under-18s, but was promoted to the Under-23 side - he scored one and created the other two in their 3-1 victory over Leicester City on Monday.

Brewster, an England U17 international, trained at Melwood this week following that influential display and made enough of an impression to earn a spot in the matchday 18.

Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi

Liverpool subs: Karius, Moreno, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Grujic, Woodburn, Brewster