Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks that Wilfried Zaha’s contract extension at Crystal Palace is just like a spectacular deal. There were speculations that Zaha would leave Selhurst Park but he eventually signed a new deal with the club which will keep him at Palace till 2023. Wilfried Zaha scored Crystal Palace’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Klopp said, “There were no spectacular signings but if you want you can see Zaha as a spectacular transfer. I think they are pretty happy that Wilfried signed a new contract. He’s very important and last year was probably the best example of that.”
Jurgen Klopp also said that Wilfried Zaha’s striking partner Christian Benteke can pose a threat. He said, “Everybody who thinks about writing Benteke off makes a big mistake, because his obvious skills are always there. Even if he didn’t score too often last season, he always has opportunities. It’s a big challenge to defend set-pieces when Christian is around. He will score goals this season, there’s no doubt about that.”
With Dejan Lovren injured and Joel Matip still working on his fitness, Joe Gomez will likely partner Virgil van Dijk in central defense. Klopp said about Gomez, “There was never any doubt about Joe and his ability to play centre-back, but he needed time. He’s a very good football player, plays the position well and he has a very good understanding with Virgil.”
Liverpool take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday.