Liverpool have resembled a different unit ever since former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as the Reds' boss in October. Klopp is yet to taste defeat in Liverpool colours, but his next match against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday will prove to be stern test as the London club defeated the Reds both home and away last season.
Things have improved under Klopp as players seem to have got a new lease of life and are shining brightly to please their fans. Players such as Adam Lallana and Mamadou Sakho have impressed in their last few games, and Christian Benteke has become a huge threat â€” positive news for Liverpool supporters.
Liverpool come into this tricky affair against Crystal Place with three successive wins under their belt in all competition, including a massive win over Chelsea.
Such victories are only going to lift Liverpool, who are gradually making it a habit to win under Klopp, but the German is wary of Crystal Palace and their style of play. Palace have troubled teams of late with their pacy players, and are a huge threat in the counter with Yannick Bolasie, Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon in decent form.
Hence, Liverpool defenders need to be on top of their game and not allow Palace players that extra yard of space to exploit.
Klopp is aware that their game against Palace is going to be a difficult one. "We feel good at this moment, but we know our responsibility for our performance in the next game. Crystal Palace are difficult to play against. We know their transition game, we know what their plan is, and we'll try to be prepared in this short time. It is different but it's not the biggest difference," said Klopp.
"We know where their strengths are, and have to be aware of this. But it's football, and at the moment we have a good chance to win. We start to believe now, and let's do it tomorrow (today)," he said.
The match is significant for both teams as Liverpool are currently placed ninth while Palace are tenth on the standings table. A victory for either team at Anfield gives them a chance to climb higher in the EPL table.
Both teams will field their best 11, but Palace have doubts regarding the fitness of Connor Wickham and Gayle. They might also have to do without the services of Marouane Chamakh. Liverpool do not have any such problem, and Klopp has an array of players at his disposal to choose from on Sunday.
Where to watch live
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace EPL clash is scheduled for 4 pm local time (9:30 pm IST, 12 pm ET) start. Indian TV viewers can watch the mega clash on Star Sports 4/HD with live streaming option and Starsports.com.
Unfortunately, there is no live TV coverage for Liverpool vs Crystal Palace EPL clash in UK.
Viewers in the US can watch Liverpool vs Crystal Palace EPL match on NBC Sports, while the game can also be live streamed on NBC Live Extra.
Football fans in the African countries can watch the game live on Supersport 3 Africa.