Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has admitted he is ‘looking forward’ to Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, despite it being a ‘challenge’.
Palace were defeated 3-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this season thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita who will all be unavailable due to participating in the African Cup of Nations.
The Eagles had chances of their own in the fixture at Anfield and could have got something on another day.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s clash, Vieira was asked if the result reflected the performance to which he replied: “No it didn’t, but it was a 3-0 so there are always positives to take because we created enough chances to score goals but on the other side we came back home with a loss and three goals conceded.
“We analysed that game and we know there are still parts of the game we need to improve. The team are getting better but we are not there yet. Liverpool is one of the greatest teams in Europe.
“The way they play, they can win or lose but you always enjoy watching them because of their intensity.
“We’re looking forward to playing them, it’ll be a challenge but our home record has been good and we have to give them the game they expect – a difficult one.”
Vieira also provided an update the squads availability for the Liverpool fixture, revealing Jordan Ayew could take part after crashing out of AFCON with Ghana.
“We still have James McArthur and James Tomkins who won’t take part tomorrow. Everyone else is good. Jordan Ayew took part in some training this morning so he will be available on Sunday.”
The Palace boss also revealed that the club is looking to strengthen this month but admitted it is difficult.
“We will try to improve the squad and this is a difficult period to find the right players. We are working and trying to improve and if we can bring a couple of payers it’ll be good for the squad. If not, we’ll improve players individually to be better collectively.”
Vieira also provided an update on what Palace’s plan is for the upcoming international break.
“We will take that break to give players a bit of a break. The calendar is the way that it is and we just have to deal with it.”