Both managers have quickly been typecast into one dimensional caricatures of themselves. Louis van Gaal the meticulous, expressionless professor, who cares more about possession than winning. Jurgen Klopp the lively metal-head, who just wants to see an attacking game, defence be damned. The reality is that both of them are amongst the best managers in the world, who are simply struggling to get the best out of the limited resources at their disposal. This game comes at a time when both are having to manage under-performing players and over-expectant fans at the same time.

Liverpool FCai??i??s match against Exeter City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup sounds like a straight-forward enough affair on paper, seeing how Exeter City are a team sitting 11 points above the relegation zone of Football League 2. But the reality is far more complex. Jurgen Kloppai??i??s Liverpool side have been hit by an unprecedented number of injuries, leaving his options threadbare.

Liverpool FC players and fans alike would be all too aware of their woeful record against Crystal Palace in recent times. The Eagles have won three out of their last five face-offs, with one draw as well. Who can forget the painful farewell game of Steven Gerrard, a match that ended with a 3-1 scoreline. And before that, in 2013-14 season, Crystal Palace produced an outstanding fight-back to go from 3-0 to 3-3, and put a nail in Liverpoolai??i??s title challenge.