London - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers must decide whether Mario
Balotelli's late winning goal against Tottenham in the league as a substitute
on Tuesday is enough to earn the Italy striker a return to the starting line-up
against Crystal Palace.
Rodgers may not want to start Daniel Sturridge for the second time
in five days because the England international has just returned from five
months out injured.
With Raheem Sterling nursing a foot injury, the door could be open
for a first start for Balotelli since November. Sturridge raised the
possibility of starting alongside Balotelli, which happened once, to great
effect in a big away win at Tottenham, before his injury.
"I am sure we will strike up a partnership in the future, I
have no doubts about that," Sturridge said.