Last time out here against Sunderland I was unfortunate to be sent off in the latter stages. It's something that I've had a little bit of time to think about it and no-one likes to get red-carded so I've put it behind me and I'm looking to move on.
It was weird however not being involved in a matchday squad as since we've been back in the Premier League I'd played in every game up until Manchester United a fortnight ago which I missed through the subsequent suspension. It is something that I can take a lot of pride in, but in saying that I would have loved for that record to keep going but that's part and parcel of the game. I was supporting the boys on from afar hoping they would do us proud and they didn't do themselves any harm with their performance up there.
This week I was back in action for Australia although we had a long journey to Japan to face them in a friendly game ahead of the Asia Cup in January. The trip was good, we lost 2-1 against a good Japanese team but we came away with plenty of positives. We took the game to them early on and had a really good showing during the first-half but unfortunately we couldn't break them down during that time, however I felt it was another step forward for the national team.
That was our final fixture before the competition so we've got no choice now but to be ready for what it brings. A lot of preparations have already been put into place but the boys now have to go back to their clubs and keep doing what they've been doing. When we meet up again in January we'll have a real test and hopefully one we'll all be ready for.
Back on the Palace front, it'll be great having missed the United game to get back into things with a visit from Liverpool. We test ourselves against quality opposition all year round but when we play the bigger teams we tend to live for the occasion and this game is no different. We'll be doing everything to try and get something from it.
You can't help but look back to the incredible game when they were last here in May, and for me the last 15 or 20 minutes of that game obviously stick out as my main memories of that evening. We were seemingly dead and buried for large parts of that game but feeling the surge of energy around the stadium after we got two goals in quick succession was amazing.
To cap it off with an equaliser and seeing what sort of impression that left on Selhurst afterwards was even better as the fans were right behind us for the whole game, showing what we've been about since being back in the Premier League. We've been backed by amazing support since then and it was great that the whole world got to witness that as well, and hopefully they will again on Sunday.