Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner explains how his side can beat Liverpool this Sunday

Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner has admitted that his side have to be 'perfect' to beat Liverpool this weekend, detailing one thing they could do to get the better of the Reds this Sunday. 

Liverpool return to domestic duties on Sunday after a crushing 3-0 home defeat to Atalanta on Thursday evening, and they will be desperate to keep the pressure on title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal.

Both their competitors play on Saturday, with eyes then turning to Anfield where the Reds host Palace on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles' form has been patchy this season but things have looked more positive under new manager Glasner, who knows just how difficult a trip to Merseyside will be this weekend.


Speaking in his pre-match press conference regarding Liverpool's strengths and weaknesses, Glasner admitted that perfection was required for the Eagles to be successful this weekend.

"Every team has, of course, its strengths, and Liverpool has a lot of strengths – but also they have their weaknesses, their zones where you can find space and where you can create chances and score goals," said the Palace boss.

"Sometimes it's not so easy to find this space and to get the ball there, because they never give you time, so when you see yesterday's goals [vs Atalanta]: two balls they lost and then great counter-attacks, and one, it started from a throw-in and nobody had more than three touches. The last, I think, two balls were with one touch until they finished.

"Everything must be perfect. Then, it's possible to score goals against them."

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Adding more detail on how Palace may get the better of the Reds, Glasner suggested that making quick decisions would be crucial to success.

"When I see it in many games, when they lose the ball, what happens? It’s like somebody whistles and 10 players are hunting the ball and so it makes it so difficult for you," said the Palace boss.

"But again, every strength has its weakness. I think we know how it can work, but it's really tough for the players on the pitch to find a solution when you don't have time, when you know you get the pressure.

"But we showed you, for example, the first goal against Man City [last weekend], winning the ball, it was three times one touch, and [Jean-Philippe] Mateta runs one-on-one on the goalkeeper.

"So, you know, against this pressing, these quick solutions, this is the key."

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-1 earlier this season thanks to a 90th-minute Harvey Elliott winner, although that victory in December came when Roy Hodgson was in charge at Selhurst Park.

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