Liverpool facing defensive injury crisis ahead of Palace game

Date published: Thursday 20th April 2017 11:41

Liverpool are facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of Sunday’s Anfield date with Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp admitted the situation was “not too cool” after revealing that Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva and Ragnar Klavan are not currently fit enough to train.

Central defender Matip has a muscle problem, Lucas is struggling with a knee injury, while Klavan is still being hindered by a knee problem that enforced him to miss the win at West Brom.

Klopp though did have good news about long-term injury victim Danny Ings.

Klopp said: “Danny Ings after a long time in the gym is running. He looks good, he enjoys it a lot. But of course not even close to come back.

“A few little things from the last game. Little muscle problems for Joel Matip.

“Lucas Leiva still has a little problem. Very small knee ligament but could be also not enough time until Crystal Palace so will be interesting. It looks good at the moment though.”

The Reds gaffer admitted that he has been pondering playing Joe Gomez against Palace,.

“We have to find a solution for the weekend,” added Klopp.

“It’s not too cool. Joe Gomez played again for u23s this week. Maybe we will try him.

“It’s not 100% that Matip/Lucas/Klavan will be out but they are not training in this moment.

“It’s great to find a consistent pair. We had a few unlucky (breaks). Nothing was because of intensity. It’s not too cool.

“Already clear that we struggle a bit so far in this week, but still few days to go (to find a solution).”

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Asked about Jordan Henderson’s situation, Klopp added: “Nothing new on Jordan. At this moment, he can’t really train.

“If there was something else to say I would say but this is the situation in this moment.

“We have to wait. He is already not patient anymore. It’s not cool. At this moment he cannot really train.”

The midfielder has missed eight games with a foot problem.

Adam Lallana has also been ruled out once again, although the attacking midfielder, who has been sidelined with a hanstring strain for a month, should be back in training next week.

“Adam is in a good way working with the rehab coach. Should be full training next week, Wed or Thurs,” added Klopp.

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