Klopp Tips Palace For Europe, Expects Difficult Game At Selhurst Park

Klopp Tips Palace For Europe, Expects Difficult Game At Selhurst Park

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has stated that Crystal Palace has the quality to qualify for either the UEFA Champions League or the Europa League.

The Reds will travel to London where they will face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday in an English Premier League game.


While Liverpool are third in the league table on 20 points, Palace are 11th on 11 points.

And ahead of the Saturday's clash against Alan pardew's men, Klopp admits his side will face a difficult opponent on a difficult ground. 

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“In England, you always have a difficult opponent to play and we need full concentration,” Klopp said during his Friday's press conference.

“Palace are a good team and very experienced in defence with high-quality offence.

“They have made good signings in the summer and in my opinion they can aim for Europe. They’re a really good team.

“I hadn’t played too often at Palace, just the one time that we won.

“It’s a difficult place to play, small, atmosphere. We are looking forward to it. We have to prove we want to stay on track.”

Klopp revealed that some of his players are doubtful for the game against Palace.

“We have a few knocks. Millie (James Milner) was ill on Tuesday. Yesterday he did a running session. We will see how he is today.”

Despite Christian Benteke's move from Liverpool to Palace, Klopp hailed him as a quality forward.

“It’s no surprise. We knew about his qualities. Every player needs the space to develop and show things,”

“The move made sense. Palace bought the player. In the last year he always showed his qualities, especially good at heading.

“We had to make decisions. I’m always honest. My door is always open. The agreement we have is work hard.”

And on Sir Alex Ferguson tipping Liverpool as one of the favourites for the EPL title, Klopp said:“Is it allowed for me to say I like Alex Ferguson?”

“I met him before I was Liverpool manager. Nice for him to say something positive,”

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