‘No pressure’: Patrick Vieira makes Crystal goalscoring admission ahead of Liverpool game

“Everyone knows how strong they are as a team, they’ve got some fantastic players, obviously off the back of a good season... it’s going to be a tough game.”

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira says breaking their Premier League goalscoring record is a target for his players as they travel to Anfield on Monday night.

Last season, the Eagles scored 50 goals, just one short of their all-time record of 51 scored in the 2018-19 season.

Wilfried Zaha led the way with the Ivorian netting 14 times while rising Chelsea star Conor Gallagher got an impressive eight.

Patrick Vieira, Head Coach of Crystal Palace, looks on after the final whistle of the Premier League opener against Arsenal (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

There are concerns as to how the Eagles can replace the goals scored by Gallagher - who is now back at Chelsea and looking to break into Thomas Tuchel’s first team.

But Vieira, who saw his side lose their Premier League opener against Arsenal last Friday, says they’ve got to be looking at smashing the goal record with or without Gallagher this season.

He told reporters ahead of the Liverpool game: “There is no pressure, we did quite well scoring those goals.

“We have good players who are capable of creating something in the last 30 yards.

“But scoring goals is about how you play the game. I always believe to create chances and to score goals, you need to play quite well from the back and make the right decision.

“We want to score more goals than we did last year, and to do that we have to play better football.”

The Anfield test

Liverpool could only manage a 2-2 draw against Fulham on the opening day of the Premier League and will be under huge pressure to get their first three points of the season at home.

For Palace, the defeat to Arsenal also means they will have to get something from Anfield with a trip to Manchester City later in the month on the cards.

The Palace boss is anticipating a huge game later tonight but says facing Liverpool is always a daunting task regardless of venue or time.

“Everyone knows how strong they are as a team, they’ve got some fantastic players, obviously off the back of a good season they had as well so it’s going to be a tough game.”

“We expect that and hopefully we can go and put in a good performance.”