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Liverpool look to build on their demolition of West Ham last time out when they visit Crystal Palace in this Monday night Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park.

Just under a year ago summer appointment Frank de Boer was sacked from Crystal Palace after a dismal start to life in the Premier League, with the Eagles eventually suffering a record breaking seven straight defeats at the start of the season without scoring a single goal.

Roy Hodgson managed to turn the season around and lead them to a respectable mid-table finish, and this season he looks to have the capability to push them even higher in the table.

They were ruthlessly efficient at Craven Cottage last weekend, ceding the majority of the possession to Fulham but making full use of their attacking opportunities. Jeffrey Schlupp got the opener, and the talisman that is Wilfried Zaha sealed the win in the second half.

Obviously, this was a vastly improved start to the season than their 3-0 loss to Huddersfield last year, and they definitely have the quality in their ranks to push the top half of the table.

Crystal Palace probably have one of the best starting lineups outside of the Premier League top seven, so the future is bright for them at the moment.

However, a hosting of the devastating Liverpool is likely to be a much tougher affair than a trip to the newly promoted Fulham.

The Reds started their highly anticipated season with a 4-0 demolition of West Ham, and after spending over £200 million since the turn of the year the expectations are understandably high.

Quite frankly, last weekend was a walk in the park for Jurgen Klopp’s men. They surged through the West Ham defence as if they weren’t even there and could have scored a few more on the right day.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both got on the scoresheet to open their accounts for the season, and they will be high on confidence coming into this match.

Defensively Liverpool aren’t quite up to scratch away from home though. They conceded in 14 of their 19 league away days last season, and they’re facing a Palace side who notched ten goals in their final three home games last season.

In fact, since Hodgson took charge they have scored in 14 of their 17 home league games, netting a total of 29 goals in that period.
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Saturday, January 19, 2019
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