Crystal Palace legend Julian Speroni is set to make a rare appearance this weekend when he and his teammates travel to Anfield to take on the Premier League leaders Liverpool.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) January 18, 2019
The game against Jurgen Klopp’s table-topping Reds will be the 39-year-old’s first Premier League start since December 2017, and it has come in bizarre circumstances. First choice keeper Vicente Guaita limped out of the recent 2-1 home defeat to Watford, and his replacement, Wayne Hennessey, also picked up an injury.
It is credit to the veteran stopper that he has kept himself in tip-top condition despite being so far down the pecking order, and the Premier League’s oldest player will need to be in his best shape in order to keep out the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
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Speroni has made over 400 appearances for the south London club across a 14-year stay at Selhurst Park, and is somewhat of a club legend around SE25 – he even owns his own restaurant within the local area.
The Argentine is a model professional and always gives 100 per cent when called upon. He is set to turn 40 in May but still looks as sharp and nimble as ever, whilst he also performed admirably in his run in the team back in 2017 before Hennessey took over.
Unfortunately for him, he is being thrown into the deep end this weekend against one of the most ruthless sides in the division, but his experience will enable him to overcome any nerves or doubts with ease.