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.

Atletico Madridai??i??s 2013-14 season was always going to be a tough act to follow. Under Diego Simeone, they won the La Liga, reached the final of the Champions League, and the semi-final of the Copa del Rey. Compared to this, a 3rd place finish in the La Liga and a quarter final exits in the Champions League and Copa were probably not what the fans had in mind.