Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested he “feels nothing” when the Reds’ record against Crystal Palace is mentioned to him.
Understandably, given the turbulent recent history we have with the Merseysiders, Klopp has been told of the threat we could pose to his players this afternoon, but after arriving on these shores unaware of the battle scars his players have sustained against us in recent years, the German will be approaching the game with every ounce of his trademark enthusiasm.
Whilst his immediate predecessor Brendan Rodgers could be forgiven for still having nightmares about the prospect of taking on the Eagles at any point, it is the freshness that Klopp brings with him to Anfield which their supporters will be hoping to capitalise on when the game begins at 4pm this afternoon.
Although the former Dortmund boss remains endearingly confident about the potential for his players to come away from this afternoon’s clash with all three points, he did take a few moments to admit that he and his squad will need to be on the top of their game if they are serious about emerging victorious, emphasising the height, strength and pace Alan Pardew has at his disposal from week to week.
For all of the confidence Klopp is showing, there will still be plenty of Liverpool fans who approach today’s game with a huge degree of trepidation, having had their fingers burnt too often in the past to assume that their dreadful run of form against us is at an end, simply because of a new face in the home dugout.
Can we become the first team to inflict defeat on the Reds following the new boss’ arrival? If the likes of Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie have anything to say about it, you wouldn’t be surprised.