Liverpool v Crystal Palace Football Betting Tips 08-11-2015
Three draws that were far from soporific followed by three hard fought wins and all of a sudden the old place is bouncing again and match tickets are once more hard to come by.
The change in fortunes is marked. All of a sudden the players have belief and just as entertaining as the game itself is watching Klopp get his players in an affectionate headlock, up close and personal or deliver a surprise slap in the face when the final whistle blows.
Brendan Rodgers did a good job and Klopp has remarked on that. The ex manager has left behind a squad of highly talented players full of ambition but bereft of confidence. In the end Rodger's continual perplexing squad selections were what did for him with the crowd wanting to get behind the team but confused as to what the team were trying to achieve.
The silence in the dog days was deafening and the empty seats told the story.
In just six games Klopp has re energised the Anfield faithful and united everyone in a common cause. Not least the players who are beginning to display some of their unfulfilled promise. It does help if you are a midfielder picked to play in midfield instead of defence or the best defender at the club not left to sit on the bench and watch Lovren all at sea.
Sometimes the basics are all that is needed.
With belief and confidence restored Liverpool take on a Palace side that is the antithesis of the side that rolled over here 9-0. Pardew has found his calling and Sundays visitors are a very good side.
It's clear that Klopp will pick his best eleven until they are physically not up to the task and that means Moreno and Clyne will be running up and down the touchline again with Skrtel and Sakho commanding the centre of defence. It was good to see Lovren putting in an excellent display midweek clearly being told not to try anything fancy.
Can and Lucas will probably start as the men shielding defence and I'm expecting Milner to be dropped in favour of Ibe with Coutinho and Firminho forming a formidable front three. Benteke the well supported striker.
In this day and age of computer statistics, controlled fitness regimes and breakthroughs in diet and nutrition it's incredible that one man can come into a club and make such a massive difference. It shouldn't be possible. And yet it is.
Rodgers must have known that his players were underperforming but he didn't know how to fix it or get the best out of them. The words and the speeches were there but instead of working with what he had player wise he was constantly using the transfer market to try and improve. Rather than recognising talent and encouraging it, transfer committee or not.
Klopp has walked into a situation where the players needed to be shown how to put the pieces together. Slapping them in the face, cajoling them and bigging them up are all signs that this manager knows how to get the best out of a squad of players. His positivity is contagious.
A draw against Palace would still be progress but the 5/1 on offer for a Palace win from Coral is massive value.