A view from from the opposition: Crystal Palace


Ahead of Monday’s visit to Selhurst Park for the game against Crystal Palace, we have spoken to Danny from @CPFC_Supporters to get his views on his team, our team and how the game will go.

1) How has your Summer been? Are you pleased with your transfer business?

I would say its been a successful Summer. We played six pre-season games, winning five and drawing one. It was a good chance for Roy [Hodgson] to test a few things out before the season started, as he didn’t have the luxury of preseason with us when he took over from Frank de Boer. We managed to get a couple players in this transfer window and only spent £10m (signing Vincente Guaita on a free from Getafe, Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham for £10m, Max Meyer from FC Schalke 04 on a free and Jordan Ayew from Swansea City on loan till the end of the season). I’d say in today’s market, getting them players for just £10m is brilliant business. I’d say the best bit of this transfer window was keeping hold of [Wilfried] Zaha!

2) How do you think Palace will do this season?

I have a good feeling about this season, I feel we can compete for top ten or even seventh maybe. With the players we have and the manage we’ve got I believe we can be a handful! We’ve become pretty solid at the back under Roy and also very dangerous on the attack.

3) What do you think of Liverpool’s transfer business?

I’d say Liverpool have done some good business! Getting Shaqiri in for just under £15m is decent in today’s market! Also spending money as well on players I’m keen to see in the Premier League. I saw Keïta play on Sunday, and he looks like he’s fit right in the team.

4) How do you think Liverpool will do this season?

I was talking about this the other day, I believe this could actually be Liverpool’s year! With the players you have you look deadly! The attacking players you have in your team frighten the life out of me.

5) Which Liverpool player do you fear most and who is your danger man?

It’s hard to just pick one player I fear the most as there are a few. No doubt Salah is one of them. He’s an incredible talent and I’m also a big fan of his. Also Mane, he can be just as good as Salah! But I’d say your attacking front three players with Keïta as well will be one of the best in the Premier League.

With regards to our danger man, I think most people know who that is now…Wilfried Zaha! The man’s just brilliant. He’s got a lot more about his game now then he did a few seasons ago. He’s now scoring a lot more goals and creating a lot more chances as well. I’d also say [Andros] Townsend has also been brilliant. He’s an unsung hero in our team (along with a few others) but the amount of work he puts in during all the games he plays is incredible. I don’t think the bloke stops running. Last but not least Aaron Wan-Bissaka, he came through from out academy to the end of last season. We had a lot of injuries and was forced to bring Wan-Bissaka through. The kid is an incredible talent! He plays right-back after being moved from right-wing, he was thrown in at the deep end last season making his debut against Tottenham and then to play against Manchester United and Chelsea. He proved that he deserves to be in the first team by being a stand out player in nearly every game he played in. I’m looking forward to see him this season.

6) What’s your prediction for the game?

You can never predict how this game will go. It’s a entraining fixture to say the least. Us Palace fans will never forget the 3-3 draw at home and I’m sure the Liverpool fans wont either! Also Stevie G’s last game at Anfield! Palace came away 3-1 winners. But recently Liverpool have come away with the points at Selhurst Park. I’m hoping we will be solid on Monday, defend well and maybe break on the counter attack! But I will go with a draw and it will be a very entertaining game.

Thank you to Danny for taking the time to share his thoughts about his team, our team and the game with us. We wish him and Palace the best for the season…aside from when they play us of course.

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