After being handed a start by Frank de Boer against Liverpool, Keshi Anderson was pleased to get a good number of minutes under his belt as he aims to impress the new manager.
The striker featured for 65 minutes of Palace’s 2-0 defeat to the Reds, however Anderson was pleased with his contribution and felt that the Eagles did well despite what the scoreline suggested.
Speaking post-matgh, he said: “It was good. I felt like in the first half we were a bit under the cosh, Liverpool kept the ball well and there was more discipline and keeping our shape when we didn’t have the ball. There were times where we could have been a bit better at keeping it but there were a few bits going forward where we looked good and created a few chances.
“I enjoyed it personally; the boys worked hard and hopefully we can go that one step further in the next game and get the win.”
Anderson had his side’s best chance of the game in the first half when he linked up well with Andros Townsend to carve out a shooting chance but saw his effort blocked by Simon Mignolet, and he admitted that it was still playing on his mind following the full-time whistle.
“I was going through it in the changing room and Freddie [Ladapo] asked If I was daydreaming and I said I was going through it all again in my head,” he said. “I feel like I took it quite early when the ball has been reversed back to me so I took it as early as possible thinking the keeper is going to have to try and get across if I try to sneak it in at the back post but he’s got his hand down there just in time and it’s gone around the corner. On another day it could have gone in but the keeper has done well.”
The game saw De Boer trial his 3-4-3 shape that he wishes Palace to ply this term, and Anderson believes that it will suit him nicely as he aims to play his way into the Dutchman’s Premier League plans during pre-season.
“Last season when I was on loan I played in the number 10 position when I was on my own, but this position is a lot different where we played with the two 10s. It is a lot more demanding going up and forward and doing the defensive side of it, but I enjoy it because it helps me get on the ball more and that way I can affect things more going forward, so it helps me become a better player.”