Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he doesn’t plan on doing former side Liverpool any favours in the title race ahead of the two side’s meeting at Selhurst Park this weekend.
Hodgson’s side host the league leaders on Saturday afternoon, with Liverpool having now opened up an eight-point advantage in the title race following their win over Manchester City prior to the international break.
While Hodgson admits his side face a difficult task in stopping Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side, he insists the title race is far from over and says the Eagles will do all they can to secure three points tomorrow.
Asked if the Reds had already done enough to secure the title, Hodgson told his pre-match press conference: “I don’t think Jurgen Klopp would appreciate me saying that. To be eight points clear is fantastic performance and they are on a fantastic run.
“They will understand there are a lot of games to go and I am certainly anxious that we make it difficult for them tomorrow.
“We want to win the game tomorrow and we are fully prepared and ready for that. “We have to restrict the space their front three are good at using.
“We have to defend the wide areas. We have to make sure our defending around the penalty box is very good.
“They are a very energetic team, a high pressing culture that when the ball is lost they work very hard to win it back and we need to have composure to free ourselves from our pressure.”
The Eagles boss added: “There’s no way we’re going to sit back and help Liverpool win the title. We don’t go into the game with any inferiority complex whatsoever.”
Crystal Palace will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Chelsea last time out when they face another top four contender this weekend, Hodgson’s side currently sitting 12th in the Premier League.