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Pulis: Palace can be fearless

Tony Pulis insists Crystal Palace have nothing to fear when they line-up against title-chasing Liverpool in their Monday Night Football clash at Selhurst Park.

Liverpool have the opportunity to return to the top of the Premier League with a win at Palace and have only lost once in their last 17 matches.

Palace will need to contain Liverpool's potent strike duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who have scored 50 league goals between them this campaign, and Pulis wants his players to embrace the challenge.

"There's not many occasions where you play against such great players and when you do I think it's more of a challenge and something to look forward to and enjoy - not something to be afraid of," he said.

"Without a shadow of a doubt Suarez is one of the best forwards in the world.

"He's unbelievable, he's got unbelievable balance - people always talk about what he can do technically but great players have great balance.

"They can move themselves off angles at full pace and he can do that.

"He's got that awareness and everything that goes towards being a great player."

Sturridge has already netted 25 goals in all competitions this season and Pulis believes Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers deserves a lot of credit for the 24-year-old's success in front of goal.

"Sturridge has been outstanding this year," Pulis said.

"He's obviously travelled and been around a few clubs - it didn't fall for him at Chelsea but Brendan has got the best out of him.

"A lot of people thought his best position was coming off the line out wide and I think at Liverpool he has done that as well and done really well.

"You have to give credit to Brendan for going and getting him and backing him to be a success which he has been."

Palace have kept 12 clean sheets since Pulis took charge last November but the Welshman believes his side have not received enough credit for the efforts in the final third of the pitch.

"It doesn't worry me what anyone says," Pulis said.

"My view is you play to what you've got and the strengths you've got and do the best you can with what you've got.

"Yannick Bolasie has been outstanding for us, Jason Puncheon has been outstanding, Cameron Jerome and Marouane Chamakh have been very, very good.

"If there is a criticism of the team it's that we haven't taken as many of the chances we've created that we should have.

"That would be a fair criticism but those attackers have worked hard without the ball as well. We attack as a team and we defend as a team."