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Jedinak Keen To Stop Klopp

6 November 2015


Eagles skipper Mile Jedinak was pleased to see his side take a point against Manchester United last weekend, followign a three-game run of defeats in both the Premier League and Capital One Cup.

"It was good to stop the rot, as they say, by getting the draw at home to Man United - especially after consecutive losses in the league and the cup," he said. "There's a good feeling here, there always is. We want to keep going and stay with the pack.

"I think you're going to have those sticky periods during the season, we've had ours, hopefully we don't have another one. All in all we're pleased, but we want to push on."

This weekend Palace travel to Merseyside to face Jurgen Klopp's reinvigorated Liverpool at Anfield. In recent seasons, this meeting as been an exciting one and Palace have enjoyed a lot of success over the Reds in their last three league meetings, scoring nine goals and taking seven points.

"It's always been a good game. Both of the results were the same score [last season], 3-1 on each occasion," said Jedinak. "They've got a new manager, a new philosophy. The players that have been there a while will be adapting to his style, but we're expecting a very, very difficult game.

"He's a guy with vast experience in Germany," he added on Klopp. "Very charismatic - and I've heard from a colleague of mine that the boys absolutely adored him at Dortmund. 

"When you hear that from a teammate of yours, who has worked with him close up, you know full well that it will translate into a positive outcome for Liverpool Football Club. He's got a great track record and they will be fired up for the game on Sunday."

Despite Liverpool appointing a new boss, whom they are yet to lose under, Palace won both home and away in the league against Brendan Rodgers' side last season - and the Reds have just returned from a gruelling Europa League clash in Russia against Rubin Kazan.

There is the potential for the Eagles to give Klopp his first taste of defeat in England, given recent history and the Reds' busy week in the build up to the game. But should Palace be taking confidence from their victories last season, given that they were a long time ago and against a different manager with different players at his disposal?

"Without a doubt, I think you have to," said Jedinak. "Obviously it's been a while since then, so you don't want to dwell on it too much. But if we can impose ourselves, like we tend to do, then we give ourselves every opportunity of going on to win the game.

"The game at home was a tough game [last season]. We conceded early, but we stuck at it. We stuck at what we do, we tried to nullify them and we ended up getting the breakthroughs late on. 

"But up there I think we were quite brave in the things we tried to do with the ball," he continued. 

"In possession you have to be tidy and the boys did that really well, so we were able to come out on top. We played our natural game and capitalised on our chances."

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