Liverpool take on Benteke at the Palace


Saturday early evening kick off Liverpool face their bogey team Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Memories of the 3-3 draw in 2014 which pretty much ended our title hopes. Made worse by the fact we threw away a 3 goal lead. Out of the last 9 games against them we have only won 3 of them.

Throw in the mix Christian Benteke who will really want to prove Klopp wrong after leaving Anfield during the summer. He has really hit the ground running with Palace – just like we all knew he would.

Benteke will always feel he wasn’t given a decent opportunity at Liverpool. Transferring from Aston Villa most fans thought he’d offer us a plan B – a plan which was new for Rodgers. However whilst a giant in the air, he just didn’t suit Klopp’s style of play – this season Sturridge is struggling to adapt as Klopp puts his style of play into full swing.

Benteke will always be a goal threat

Jurgen Klopp is not surprised by Christian Benteke’s superb start at Crystal Palace.
Having found the net 3 times for Palace and although he did not feature in Klopp’s plans at Anfield, the Liverpool boss thinks the striker’s quality is unmistakable. Stating that somewhere like Palace is the ideal place for Benteke to prove his worth.

“It’s no surprise. We knew about his qualities. Every player needs the space to develop and show things,” Klopp reflected, according to The Mirror. “The move made sense. Palace bought the player. In the last year he always showed his qualities, especially good at heading.”

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Are we going to witness similar scenes against Crystal Palace?

Playing Crystal Palace won’t be a pretty affair – with a similar approach to West Brom’s. Unlike that game we won’t have our 12th man, hopefully the travelling fans will make a lot of noise.

Expect an aerial battle – Palace are tall. Karius is going to have to be on it from the start.
They will be aiming for free kicks near the area or corners – anything to really test him.
This has been our weak areas for a long time. I’m hoping that Matip and Lovren’s pairing continues with another great game.

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Hopefully they have been working hard during the week.

On reflection we really have all the ingredients for a tough game.

Another challenge we need to overcome is the potential absence of James Milner, who was ill on Tuesday and is said not to have been fit enough to return to training. He has really shone as a make shift left-back this season.
It must’ve been difficult for Moreno watching this season – although against Tottenham on Tuesday he did play well.
Let’s hope he has resolved some of his issues from last season now.

Firmino

Leading the attack so well

This season our midfield has been at its most dynamic with Wijnaldum, Henderson and Lallana. Liverpool should be at full strength now after both Wijnaldum and Lallana recovering from recent knocks.
Emre Can likely to drop out from the team, difficult for him to take especially after the great performance against West Brom.

Daniel Sturridge certainly had a good game scoring 2 goals against Tottenham in the League Cup on Tuesday. However Mane, Coutinho and Firmino were all rested against Spurs and i’d expect them all to start.

Expext the full-throttle, heavy metal Liverpool. They will keep pressing forward at every opportunity. We need to be careful of Crystal Palace and their long ball. Keep them contained and press the defenders hard enough and we should deny the time on the ball.

It will be an interesting game. Typically we’d draw this one. This season we aren’t being typical. Points against West Brom and the fact we are joint top prove it.

I would expect a Liverpool win. I would expect a well organised Palace back 6. But I’d expect the fluid attack too much for them to handle.

I am expecting goals…

What do you think? Do you think we will continue in our rich vein? Or will a Benteke inspired team stop us in our tracks?
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