Liverpool welcome Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace side to Anfield this weekend in a bid to secure more firmly, their Champions League qualification. This takes on further significance when we note that Liverpool finally seem to have remade Anfield into a ground that puts the fear of football into the opposition when they walk out onto the pitch.
It is a surprising fact that Crystal Palace are looking to become the first team since Chelsea in 2005 to win three consecutive games against Liverpool at Anfield.
They have also been on a very good run recently, winning a total of 13 points from their last six games which is higher than all teams in the league barring Tottenham Hotspur who have 18 points and Liverpool themselves who have 14 points.
A big part of that has been Christian Benteke and his spectacular goal return in recent weeks combined with Wilfried Zaha finally embracing his potential in a way that England supporters had hoped would have happened when he was at Manchester United.
Liverpool for their part are making their most vigorous bid in recent years, to stay in the Champions League spots since the era of Luis Suarez ended at Anfield. They have been taking out the big teams with alarming regularity starting from game one of the season against Arsenal.
Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana have all put their act together along with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet improving himself drastically in order to launch a great challenge to Arsenal and Manchester United for a spot in the top four.
Liverpool have met Palace 15 times in league play and they have won eight out of those with the Eagles winning 4. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last five games with two draws and three victories to cheer about while Crystal Palace have lost just once in their last five, 3-1 to Southampton after winning 2-1 against Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp has hinted that Liverpool as a club could keep him for many years, and Champions League qualification is a good start to that journey together so Liverpool will be gunning for it.