Date: 28th October 2016 at 10:42pm
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Manager Alan Pardew has said that he expects a very tough clash against Liverpool later this evening because he knows they have good momentum in their form.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC in his pre game press conference, the gaffer explained that he also expected it to be an entertaining game given the attacking flair of both sides.

‘We are both attacking sides so should make for a good game to watch and I wouldn`t think we are looking at a goal-less game. Last week at the home of the champions we had 23 shots at goal which is some figure but we need to convert them. Liverpool have a momentum and an intensity about them, the lack of European football is helping and they are the form team at the moment. From our point of view a difficult game, they have fantastic individuals in there and you have to deal with them.’

With Jurgen Klopp’s side sitting in third place in the Premier League table, Pardew also believed that with the start they hadm it could be a good year on the honours front for the Anfield outfit.

‘You always have a good barometer once you have seen your side up against the opposition. So far Spurs are the best side we have come up against this year and that is all I can talk about really. The way the league is panning out and the results Liverpool have had you have got to look at them for sure.’

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‘They play with a high intensity, are fast to the ball and have quick ball recovery and that is driven by the manager but the side Brendan Rodgers had was not too dissimilar. It’s about having good players with momentum and they have that at the moment.’

It’s also a first face off against his former club for Christian Benteke following his big money summer arrival, and Pardew backed him to remind their fans of what they are now missing – or in some cases didn’t get full chance to see.

‘When you don`t think you have had the opportunities you deserve, you are bound to have a bit more of a spring in your step for the game. I would have if I was him and I expect him to be more charged than normal. When I played against my old club West Ham a couple of weeks ago the game meant a little bit more to me, and that is just a natural human reaction. I am sure that will be the same for him.’

He also went on to say that he was delighted with how the 25 year old had settled into life at Selhurst Park.

‘It is not about what he does on the field, he has so much about him and is a real example to the younger players who we have in our academy for them to look up to. On the pitch he is powerful, strong and a real handful to centre halves. I ended my career as centre half at Barnet and I certainly wouldn`t have wanted to have played against him; he can jump 7ft and catch the ball on his chest. He is tight technically but we need to get him better service.’

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‘He is playing with a smile on his face again which is important because being wanted and part of the team is very important to a footballer. Every player wants to play, especially great players like him.’

Finally, he also spoke about defender Scott Dann who returns to contention this weekend, with Jason Puncheon the only doubt after he missed the Leicester game.

‘The only slight doubt this week is Punch from our regular squad but Scott Dann is back in the fold so he will be available for selection. It`s good to have our captain available and I am tempted to put him back in as he is our captain but that is a tough decision.’

Dann had been out with a hamstring problem, and Punch has a calf issue.

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