Liverpool stands for defense duma for the clash of the palace, while Klopp prepares to play two midfielders
Liverpool faced a defense dilemma prior to the Crystal Palace clash, while Jurgen Klopp is considering playing two midfielders on the backline
- Liverpool has too few options in defense prior to their draw with Crystal Palace
- The league leaders of Jurgen Klopp have recently been hit by a series of injuries
- The German confirmed that Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez still need time to recover
- In recent weeks, Liverpool placed both Fabinho and James Milner in the back
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Liverpool faces a defensive headache in the run-up to their crunch clash with tricky enemy Crystal Palace, with Jurgen Klopp ready to select two midfielders as part of his grassroots on Saturday.
The Reds still keep a slim lead of four points at the top of the Premier League, although they have to host a palace side that has recently gained points from their title rivals Manchester City.
Speaking before the match on Friday, Klopp confirmed that a number of important defensive staff are still in the treatment room and need extra recovery time to keep them out of the Palace meeting.
Jurgen Klopp will once again trust Fabinho in a defensive role when Liverpool faces Crystal Palace
Joel Matip returned to the training this week and Klopp hopes he will be fit enough to play
Younger Trent Alexander-Arnold reached 90 minutes in the hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brighton, although he seemed somewhat uncomfortable due to a heavy landing in the warm-up.
& # 39; Gini [Wijnaldum] and Trent we will decide every day, they both played 90 minutes in Brighton, & # 39; said Klopp.
& # 39; The whole world saw what had happened to Trent. What a boy! We heard afterwards that he was in pain, but it was what happened before the game.
Younger Ki-Jana Hoever is now permanently training with the first team and can be called up
Klopp trusted the starlet – who turned 17 this week – in the FA Cup-defeat of Wolves
With injuries rising and a need for defensive midfielders, Naby Keita has a chance to shine
LIVERPOOL & # 39; S NEXT SIX
Crystal Palace (H) – January 19, 15.00
Leicester City (H) – 30 January at 20.00
West Ham (A) – February 4, 20:00
Bournemouth (H) – 9 February, 15.00
Bayern Munich CL (H) – February 19, 20.00
Man United (A) – February 24, 2.05 am
We will certainly see both. I do not want to close any doors before someone tells me to. Dejan [Lovren] is much better than him but that takes time. He will be involved against Leicester [January 30].
Klopp went on to add that Joe Gomez, who had been absent since he picked up a blow against Wolves at the end of December, is "improving" but not finished yet.
Back-up defender Joel Matip would take the place of the situation that Klopp is currently facing, but the Cameroon international has not appeared since he broke his collarbone almost six weeks ago.
Matip returned to the training of the first team this week and is expected to be thrown right by Klopp next to Virgil van Dijk, but if late problems occur, the manager will be forced to select two midfielders in his back .
As recently shown in the FA Cup defeat by Wolves in Molineux, Klopp is not averse to playing summer as a signatory to Fabinho as a central defender.
The Brazilian was that evening partner of the 16-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever who after only four minutes had to replace the hamstrung Dejan Lovren.
Van Hoever is expected to make his first Liverpool Premier League-matchday on Saturday and is named as a replacement.
Liverpool will enter the Anfield showdown, hoping to increase its lead from four points at the top
The highly regarded former Ajax star marked his 17th birthday on Friday and now qualifies for a first senior contract with the Reds.
The always flexible James Milner is ready for the Anfield showdown and learns on match day whether he is needed on the midfield or a defensive position while the Reds make last-minute fitness calls with a number of players.
Klopp also confirmed that playmaker Adam Lallana is training again, but he did not offer any confirmation that he would play a role against the men of Roy Hodgson.