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Jurgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for "quality" Crystal Palace duo Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie.
Palace have endured a rotten start to 2016 and are without a win in their last 11 league games, despite progressing to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. Four goals in two games from Connor Wickham have given Alan Pardew's side a cutting edge again but the club still sit just nine points above the relegation zone with 10 games left.
They have been bolstered by the return of Bolasie, however, who has provided stand-out performances against Liverpool over the last two seasons. Ahead of his side's trip to Selhurst Park, Klopp has highlighted the danger of the Ivory Coast winger, who Palace and Pardew valued at £25m last August, believing the club's recent woes may have been avoided had the winger been fit.
"It [their poor run] was without Bolasie, then the last two games he changed the game – he's a form striker, a quality player together with [Wilfried] Zaha," Klopp said, ESPN report.
"I know about the situation but it changed a little bit. I would like to say they have no self-confidence, but that is not the truth. I'm not too interested – we have to show we are ready for this game. It's not an easy place to collect points. We only have to prepare ourselves for the special questions of Crystal Palace with who is available."
Liverpool travel to south east London without Lucas Leiva, who is not expected to be available again for at least five weeks. Daniel Sturridge is expected to feature however after training as normal this week. Palace are sweating on the fitness of the in-form Wickham, or suffered a slight knock in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland. Alan Pardew is waiting on the results of a scan before making a final decision.