There have been some chastening experiences for Liverpool since Crystal Palace returned to the Premier League in 2013.
The Eagles have proved to be somewhat of a bogey team for the European Champions over the last seven years but has Jurgen Klopp finally uplisted the curse ahead of the two teams latest meeting on Saturday?
Since the German manager’s arrival, Liverpool have gone from nearly men to continental conquerers banishing former demons along the way. Before Klopp’s arrival in October 2015, Liverpool were still in recovery mode following events that took place at Selhurst Park the previous year in 2014.
Liverpool travelled to the capital in May of that year seeking their first-ever Premier League title when Tony Pulis hosted Brendan Rodger’s side over six years ago.
Despite leading 3-0 after the hour mark, Liverpool fell victim to one of the most gut-wrenching and humiliating experiences in recent years as Palace clawed back to kill the Red’s title dream once and for all.
The history between the two teams didn’t stop there, however. The following season it was Palace who disrupted Steven Gerrard’s farewell Anfield appearance to inflict a painful 3-1 defeat that conclusively put an end to their top-four hopes that season.
Another home loss followed in 2015 – Klopp’s first-ever LFC defeat – before the Eagles made it three Anfield victories in a row the following season with a Christian Benteke double in April 2017.
Ironically enough, that famous victory for Palace was the last time any Premier League outfit has tasted victory at the home of the Premier League leaders over two-and-a-half years ago.
With four consecutive victories over their London opponents, Klopp has developed a ruthlessness in his side that has meant the Reds are not outfought or outplayed by their league counter-parts. In fact, since that defeat to Sam Allardyce’s side, Liverpool have only lost one match (Swansea) to an opponent outside the top-six.
The reality is that Klopp has assembled a squad that has evolved beyond belief. With a lengthy eight-point lead at the Premier League summit and still unbeaten in the division since January, any form of doubt heading into Saturday’s fixture has well and truly been lifted and the Palace curse with that.