Eye On The Opposition: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (31/3/2018)

Written by Jack Pierce

Bank holiday weekend and Palace at a Selhurst on the back of an important win last time out. Positivity is evident across the fan base and confidence high now we've got a few of our more esteemed names back.

 *Looks at fixture list*

Ah.

Liverpool, I think it's fair to say, have been quite frightening at times this season. Their attacking prowess has been on show almost every week and in Mohamed Salah, they possess one of the two likely winners of end of season's awards; the other being City's Kevin de Bruyne. Their five goal show against Watford a fortnight ago was impressive albeit against a fairly limp opposition. If they play with intricacy and level of intensity they did that day, it might be too much for us.

That said, if we play with the confidence on show at Huddersfield, we'll give them a good game and a repeat of previous good results against them could occur.

Despite having such a strong season, Liverpool are only seven points clear of fifth place and have played a game more than Chelsea, the team who currently reside just outside the top four. However, with just seven games to play, Jurgen Klopp can sleep easily knowing that his side's destiny is in their hands and other than Chelsea and Everton, all of their league opponents between now and end of season are bottom half sides. Given previous form throughout the campaign, it would be a surprise if Liverpool weren't in next season's Champions League.

In this season's Champions League, Liverpool are about to embark on two legged fight with Manchester City. An all English quarter final takes us back ten years when English sides were dominating the tournament. It guarantees a Premier League representative in the final four and should also guarantee goals considering the two league fixtures between the sides produced 12 goals. City's form this season has been imperious but the one time they looked shell shocked was their previous visit to Anfield this season. A whirlwind ten minutes saw Liverpool bag three goals early in the second half and for the first time this season, City players were looking around at each other without answers. City did bring the final score to within one that day but Liverpool ran out deserved winners and the two legged affair that commences next week should be great fun to watch.

Salah, previously mentioned, has been the star of the season for Liverpool. Superb from the opening game of the season and seems to be getting better with each passing week. He was expected to add to his new side's attacking threat but his goal return has been stunning. Given Harry Kane's ankle injury and likely absence until the middle of April at the earliest, Salah is almost certain to end the season as the league's top scorer. His ability to beat players is one thing but it's the regularity in which Salah has the ball in tight positions within the penalty area but still manages to get a shot away that has greatly impressed in recent weeks.

Liverpool have got big fish to fry within days of this fixture but that's not to say they can take their eye off this match.

If they do, recent history would suggest Palace won't be shy in taking advantage.


 

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