20th April 2017
Jürgen Klopp assessed the offensive threats of Crystal Palace and how Sunday’s opponents will be affected by the absence of Mamadou Sakho as he previewed the Anfield clash today.
The Reds host the Eagles this weekend with the objective of extending a seven-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and maintaining their course for a Champions League qualification spot.
Palace will journey to Merseyside on the back of an impressive run of their own, having won five of the past seven games – including a notable success at Stamford Bridge earlier this month and a home victory over Arsenal.
Klopp believes Sam Allardyce possesses one of the most potent attacking set-ups in the division and explained at his pre-match press conference why focusing too much on former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke would be a mistake.
“He’s not 100 per cent to defend,” said the boss. “When the ball is in the air, he is the major and main threat because that’s unbelievable – we felt it a lot of times here when we trained together.
“He has scored 13 or 14 goals for Crystal Palace now. He is obviously another player with confidence, in a good run and all that stuff. Like it is always when you play against Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], other strikers, these kinds of strikers – tall, good with their back to the goal – you have to avoid the crosses and you have to avoid the passes. That’s how it works.
“If we let them cross 50 balls it’s pretty likely he will have a few dangerous headers. That’s not his only strength, of course, but that’s a real strength.