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Jordan Ayew: Liverpool boss Klopp concerned by Crystal Palace frontman ahead of Premier League showdown



The Reds boss looks ahead to their matchday five encounter with the Eagles at Anfield

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary of Jordan Ayew and the Crystal Palace attack ahead of their Premier League clash on Saturday.

The Reds are fresh from their 3-2 victory over AC Milan in Champions League, and they will be facing the Eagles at Anfield on matchday 5.

Palace, under Patrick Vieira’s new coach, are no pushovers. They defeated Tottenham Hotspur, 3-0, at Selhurst Pak, the previous matchday. Odsonne Edouard scored two goals.

“Massive,” Klopp said when asked on what difference he sees in Palace under new manager Vieira, adding “A proper football-playing side I have to say and he has obviously a clear idea how he wants to set it up, you can see that. He brought in new players and used them.

“I always said it’s incredible how strong they are up-front with all the players they have: now [Odsonne] Edouard came in and scored twice, obviously had anyway quite a decent scoring record. [Jordan] Ayew, [Christian] Benteke, the boy from Mainz and [Wilfried] Zaha obviously.

“So that’s incredible quality and now in midfield, [Cheikhou] Kouyate back in his position, [Conor] Gallagher – I’m not sure you can still say he’s a talent when he plays for [England] U21s, but he’s a really, really good player, and then the third position [James] McArthur or whoever can play there.

“It’s a decent team with a real football-playing idea. So, it’s a change and they will do well I’m pretty sure – but we want to, and have to, do well as well so tomorrow hopefully we can do that.”

Palace head into Saturday’s game 11th on the table, having won one, drawn two and lost one of their four games played this far.

Ayew has been in all four matches and started in three of them.

Vieira, however, is worried that Ayew will not be able to find his scoring feet.

He netted one goal in 33 matches last season for Eagles, who at that time were led Roy Hodgson.  

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