Liverpool had a gorgeous start to the Premier League campaign after breezing last West Ham, at Anfield 4-0. Sadio Máne got two, last season’s golden boot winner and the Egyptian King Mo Salah getting a goal as well as super sub Daniel Sturridge. Alisson Becker kept a clean sheet and Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez got on well at the back to keep out the minuscule threats of The Hammers.
The week ahead of Monday night’s football game of Crystal Palace hosting the Reds was a positive one for Liverpool. Although Ragnar Klavan has exited the club on a permanent deal, Marko Grujic signed a new deal with the Reds before getting a loan move out for the season. Loris Karius may very well be set to join Turkish side Beskitàs for the season on loan. But Liverpool and their new look side are in a sweet spot. They’re in the Champions League this season and they are set to challenge heavily this season.
Liverpool play Crystal Palace this evening before hosting Brighton who recently dismantled Manchester United 3-2 before going to the King Power against Leicester. If Liverpool are going to win the League, or at least challenge and stay up at the top of their game, they’re going to have to overcome the record they have of being the team, with the third most draws last season. They will need to turn these into wins and keep consistent. Crystal Palace have given Liverpool a run for their money, beating the Reds four times since 2013/2014’s season. This started with a 3-3 comeback which shattered Liverpool’s dreams to end what was then a 24-year long wait. They also handed Jurgen Klopp his first loss, a loss against Gerrard and his team in his last game as well as giving Liverpool problems in every way they’re managing to. Roy Hodgson is optimistic after an opening day 2-0 win over Fulham. Liverpool and Klopp will want to put the Eagles into their place and grab three points to keep their 100% start to the season, which is pivotal should they wish to challenge. Keita will feature in the middle with Georginio Wijnaldum and captain James Milner, with the mighty attacking front three and Alisson in goals.
Liverpool have got the team and the capacity to score many and concede few, but they’ll have to keep focused and work hard against a very talented Palace side.