By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp has vowed to gain revenge over Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League.
Palace inflicted Klopp’s first defeat as Liverpool manager back in November and the German has admitted he is seeking vengeance.
Liverpool travel to Selhurst Park to face a Palace side without a win in 11 league games and Klopp is eager to add to their misery.
“I didn’t forget the first game when we lost it [2-1 in November]: we have to take points back,” said Klopp speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Palace have inflicted some serious pain on Liverpool in recent years, becoming a kind of voodoo side for the Reds.
The most famous of Liverpool’s painful Selhurst Park visits was in May 2014 when Palace came back from 3-0 in 11 minutes to snatch a draw and effectively end dreams of the Reds lifting their first league title in 24 years.
Since then Palace have continued to wreak havoc on Liverpool and have won their last three encounters on the bounce.
Klopp’s side are currently six points off the final Champions League place, but managed to pick up consecutive league wins for the first time since December after beating Manchester City 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Liverpool have yet to win three in a row this season, but Klopp has urged his players to make one final push for fourth place.
“Six points is not the world,” he said. “We need to stay angry – it is not that we are always looking for our game and which style [to play].
“You need [to find] a way and then go. This is the most important part of the league, the rest of the season has been preparation for these last few yards.
“Our starting position is not masterclass but it is good enough to do something and we should try everything we can but I don’t think about the top four.
“I only think about how there is a lot of points to get and we should really get as many as we can – starting at Crystal Palace [on Sunday].”
In other Liverpool news, Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for six weeks with a thigh injury.