Liverpool will play at Anfield for the first time in the 2017-18 season on the back of a 2-1 victory against Hoffenheim in the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie. They host a Crystal Palace side that went down 3-0 to Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town last week, but there’s a reason why Frank de Boer’s men can be confident of victory.
Crystal Palace are actually on the verge of history, a win against Liverpool this week will see them become the first away team to win four consecutive matches at the venue.
The Eagles started their streak in the 2014-15 season when they ruined Steven Gerrard’s farewell party coming from behind to win 3-1 in what was also their first victory at Anfield. They were victorious 2-1 in the 2015-16 season and won by the same scoreline last season thanks to a double from former Reds striker Christian Benteke.
Christian Benteke – I know this seems a bit biased but Unreal Targetman pic.twitter.com/RQQFS0BOKJ
— Laws (@ffsonomah) August 15, 2017
Palace are currently tied with Chelsea, Manchester United, and Leicester City on three straight wins, but none of those sides managed four straight victories in the league at Anfield.
- Leicester City 1997-00
- Manchester United 2002-05
- Chelsea 2003-05
- Crystal Palace 2015-
Crystal Palace have been Liverpool’s bogey side since they returned to the Premier League in 2013-14, it’s hard for fans of both sides to forget the 3-3 draw at Selhurst Park where Liverpool looked destined for victory leading 3-0 late in the game before conceding three goals in the last 11 minutes.
However, it kinda goes both ways with Liverpool winning in both of their past two visits to South Norwood.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will fancy their chances regardless of Coutinho’s absence due to the Brazilian’s Barcelona looking back injury. Crystal Palace should have the mental edge though, their is no doubt they know the recent history against Liverpool and the Reds probably know it, and dread it too.
— B/R Football (@brfootball) August 17, 2017