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“A special ground”- Patrick Vieira opens up on Anfield ahead of Liverpool clash

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Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira gives his verdict on the famed Anfield atmosphere before Liverpool clash

According to the Liverpool Echo, Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira has asked his players to enjoy playing in one of the best atmospheres in Europe, ahead of their away clash against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield.

The Reds started their 2022/23 Premier League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Fulham. They now return to home comforts and will be keen to get their first three points of the season at their legendary fortress.

Vieira knows all about the atmosphere at Anfield through his playing days as an Arsenal player. He is aware of the role that the home crowd plays for its team, making it one of the hardest away fixtures in the league.

“Everybody in the game knows that stadium,” 

“It is a special ground. The atmosphere is one of the best in Europe. [The] players will be excited, you want to play in those kinds of stadiums where the atmosphere is strong.”

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira gives his verdict on the famed Anfield atmosphere before Liverpool clash.
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira ahead of their clash against Liverpool. (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Both teams have not had an impressive start to the season and will be looking to get their first win, with an aim to kickstart the campaign.

Liverpool and Crystal Palace have already faced each other in the pre-season, which saw us coming out victorious. However, a pre-season result can not be given too much relevance with the main purpose of such games being to build match fitness.

It will be a completely different game for us this time around. It is not wrong to suggest that the Eagles under Patrick Vieira have looked like a solid team capable of troubling any opposition.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira gives his verdict on the famed Anfield atmosphere before Liverpool clash.
Liverpool will be looking to get back into winning terms against Crystal Palace (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

Liverpool will be entering the match with an injury crisis in their midfield and it will be interesting to see how Klopp lines up against the Eagles. With home support to boot, they will be expected to secure a win.

Vieira have recently built a reputation for taking the game to the opposition and playing on the front foot, something which was not characterised by the team previously.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira gives his verdict on the famed Anfield atmosphere before Liverpool clash.
Jurgen Klopp is fully aware of a good start in a title race and cannot afford to slip up (picture via OneFootball)

Hence, it will not be an easy task for the Reds as we look to get our first win of the season. The performance has to be much better than our previous performance against Fulham, for us to snatch three points at Anfield today.

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One thing is for sure and that would be the endless support of the Reds faithful in the energetic Anfield atmosphere and the crowd will definitely act as the 12th man throughout the game.