Liverpool team news: Klopp confirms huge triple injury boost ahead of Palace game

By on January 18, 2019

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Liverpool will be looking to cement their position at the top of the table with a win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media at his pre-match press conference this afternoon and he’s offered a team news and injury update including the latest on a number of his first team players.

The Liverpool boss gave a surprising update on Trent Alexander-Arnold as the full-back was reportedly facing up to a month on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury during the 1-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

However, Klopp gave a much more positive diagnosis today after suggesting that Alexander-Arnold was still being assessed and could yet feature against Palace at Anfield tomorrow afternoon.

Georginio Wijnaldum also picked up a knee injury at the American Express Stadium last Saturday but the Liverpool coach said the midfielder also had a chance to be in contention this weekend.

In a further boost, the Reds boss confirmed that Adam Lallana has returned to full training this week and could make his comeback against Palace after recovering from a muscle injury that’s hampered him recently.

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Dejan Lovren will miss the visit of Roy Hodgson’s men to Merseyside tomorrow afternoon due to a hamstring injury but Klopp is confident the centre-back will return for the game against Leicester City next week.

Joel Matip is pushing for a recall after returning to the bench last week but while Joe Gomez is making good progress in his recovery from a fractured leg, the defender is still unavailable for selection tomorrow.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:

“Gini and Trent, we will decide day by day. It’s of course not cool. The exceptional part of that story is that they both played 90 minutes [at Brighton]. The whole world saw what happened to Trent – what a boy, unbelievable. We played the game and afterwards we got the information that he had [an injury].

“Nothing happened during the game, it was all stable and good. It was just what happened before the game; adrenaline is obviously an interesting thing, it gives you the opportunity to do a bit more than you would expect. We will see.

“For both, it will be really, really close for tomorrow. I don’t want to close any doors before anybody tells me I have to.”

“It’s slightly different for Dejan; he is much better than he was but that’s a muscle thing and needs time, I’m pretty sure he can be involved again against Leicester.

“Adam trained yesterday and the day before yesterday, so he should be in contention. We have to see. I’ll wait for the session today, how he reacted to the two – not too tough – sessions, but we did a little bit. We have to see [about] that.

“Joe, no – improving, improving, improving. We all hope it will be quick from now on but don’t know exactly.

“Joel trained completely normally for around about 10 days, which is good. The others are long-term.”

Elsewhere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress in his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury with Klopp suggesting today that the midfielder should play again this season.

Liverpool head in to the weekend action sitting four points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table so they’ll be desperate to cement that position with another victory over Crystal Palace tomorrow.

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