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You can’t mention Crystal Palace without half of Merseyside being triggered and for good reason. That’s a lot of PTSD brought on by Roy Hodgson and his football club. But, the narrative does have to be spoken about somewhat.
In many ways, the psychology of playing Palace in a year where you look likely to be right up there for a title again, combined with the fact Roy Hodgson signed Paul Konchesky for the club back in August of 2010, there’s a lot to be frightened of – and that’s just off the pitch!
On it, Palace are the perfect foil for Liverpool, with quick switches of play and pacey wingers. This is what Spurs do to great effect and it almost worked for them the other night. After such a seismic result against Tottenham that they barely deserved, they’d hardly come undone against a team that are more inconsistent than the final season of Game of Thrones, would they? Here’s a Bet Builder to cover all your bases.
Saturday 12:30 – Crystal Palace v Liverpool
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I’m honestly not here on a windup, I’m just very adamant that Liverpool’s biggest weaknesses are Palace’s biggest strengths and that usually correlates with a ‘shock’ result that nobody saw coming at full-time. But, after ten minutes of Jamie Carragher analysis, everyone agrees it was always a possibility. But there isn’t a tonne for Liverpool to counter with, unless they adopt a more defensive approach.
Do you sacrifice repetition and culture for the sake of a result? Some might, but Jurgen is a bit of an idealist, so I don’t suspect so in this particular situation. Palace will nick something here, and Liverpool’s temperament in response to that will determine whether it’s one point or all three.
Jurgen Klopp may not have gone to Europe midweek, but he’ll undoubtedly still complain about his side feeling the pinch of having so many games, and then being selected for the early Saturday kick-off – that’s despite the fact that Palace and West Ham finished a few minutes later. Whatever keeps the narrative up I suppose, chief. Palace will strike late in this one, and it’ll make for one hell of an explosive interview (again).
When Liverpool are frustrated, Mo Salah cuts inside and shoots. It generally either goes into the far corner or it dribbles along the ground into the opposition keeper’s hands – but either way, it’s a shot on target isn’t it?
I can sense the frustration of them not being able to cross the ball, or play one-twos with Firmino as no Palace defender gets dragged out of his gap and Salah deciding to take matters into his own hands.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, Palace will be afforded all the space in the world on the counter and given the recent performances of their front three (minus Benteke now of course), there’s every chance they’ll be firing at will too.
Their prowess from set-pieces isn’t going unnoticed in analysis sessions around the league either and, when you consider there’s always penalty drama with Liverpool, well – this might be a free hit too!
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