Even if Liverpool hadn’t drawn with Watford at Vicarage Road in the manner they had last weekend, I would still feel nervous about the visit of Crystal Palace to Anfield.
In the last three games at Anfield between the two, Liverpool have lost all three with Palace scoring seven goals in the process. If I was a Palace fan, I would be quite bullish about my team’s chances of winning this weekend, to be honest.
Having said that, however, Liverpool have several forwards entirely capable of scoring the seven goals that Palace have scored in their last three Anfield visits in just one game.
Jürgen Klopp is likely to rest some of his first-choice players as he looks ahead to his Champions League qualifier on Tuesday against Hoffenheim but we will see Daniel Sturridge return to the fold after being cleared fit to play.
Before then, though, Liverpool need to deal with Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace and in order to gain some insight on what to expect from the Eagles, I took the chance to speak to Palace social media manager Samuel Jordan.
Crystal Palace is a side used to frustrating Liverpool – how do you expect Frank de Boer to set up against the Reds this weekend?
I’d have thought we’ll stick with the 3-4-3 we’ve used in pre-season and for the opening game against Huddersfield.
Huddersfield gave Palace quite the shock at Selhurst Park last weekend – what contributed to the Eagles’ 3-0 loss on opening day?
It was a four-minute window that seemed to cost us. An own goal and a poor goal to concede two minutes later meant we were chasing the game before half time. On another day we could have got something.
We still created a lot of good chances, could have had a penalty and their goalkeeper made two great saves to deny Zaha and Benteke.
Liverpool have endured a frustrating summer transfer window, what do you make of the Reds’ dealings in the transfer market?
I thought Salah looked sharp against us in Hong Kong – he’s so fast. I can’t say I’ve ever followed him that closely, but that year away from the Premier League seems to have done him good!
Robertson seems like a good player too, from the limited times I’ve seen him for Hull and Scotland.
I’m holding out hope you’ll get Naby Keïta because I’d like to see what he’s about, but the whole Coutinho thing is getting exhausting.
Philippe Coutinho will miss the clash at Anfield and was the difference at Selhurst Park last season for Liverpool. What do you think of the transfer saga involving him and Barcelona?
It’s getting a bit boring now, but transfer sagas always do! I like Coutinho and think he’s more important to Liverpool than he would be to Barcelona (though they look all over the place at the moment!). If Barca get Coutinho AND Ousmane Dembele, things get interesting.
Wilfried Zaha is out for four weeks with injury. For Liverpool, that’s good news, but for Palace, how much of a loss is the former Manchester United winger?
So the media say! I’m not sure on the timeframe, but he will be a big miss if he’s out this weekend. He’d be a big miss for just about any side in the division. Genuinely the best player I’ve seen play for Palace (I’m too young to have seen Wright, Bright et al).
Palace have a very good record at Anfield, how do you think they will fare this weekend?
I’m going to remain optimistic and say we’ll get three points…
Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino make for quite a formidable forward line. How will Palace look to cope with this pace and movement?
Our back ‘five’ will be in for a busy afternoon, as is usually the case against a Liverpool front line. Our victories at Anfield in the past have been built on determined defending and taking our chances!
Christian Benteke is the obvious danger man for Liverpool, but aside from the former Anfield forward, who should Jürgen Klopp keep an eye on?
Ruben Loftus-Cheek was superb on his debut last weekend and has looked a force in pre-season. He’s so big and powerful, runs directly at the defence and makes things happen, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of him!
Where do you think Liverpool will end up in the Premier League at the end of the season and in the Champions League given they look likely to qualify?
I still think that Hoffenheim game is far from over, but I’d imagine Liverpool will put in a strong performance at Anfield, get through to the groups and then make the semis of the Europa League!
Premier League – I reckon top six.
Finally, can I have a prediction for the game? What will be the final score and who will score?
I’m going to say 3-2 to The Palace. Absolute chaos, non-stop fun on Merseyside. Scorers: Mané and Firmino for you, Benteke (2) and Captain Jason Puncheon for the Eagles.
As always, we’d like to say thank you to Sam for his help on this article. We’d wish him luck for the game at Anfield but that would be counter-intuitive!