Klopp allays Salah, Robertson fears, but rules out Liverpool pair

Matthew Briggs
Jurgen Klopp TEAMtalk

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mo Salah and Andy Robertson are fit to face Crystal Palace, but the Liverpool boss also revealed two players will miss out.

Both Joel Matip and James Milner were substituted in Sunday’s draw at Goodison and neither will make the Anfield clash on Wednesday night.

Milner has a hamstring problem after pulling up in the first half at Everton, while Matip was replaced in the second half by Dejan Lovren after a collision with Richarlison.

Salah and Robertson, who both missed the draw at Everton, have been deemed fit though after training on Monday, but the German refused to say whether the pair would start.

Klopp insists playing at Anfield is still an advantage despite no fans being present.

“The derby was an example. We took it like it is. We aren’t thinking about it any more,” said Klopp

“It’s still a home game, we know where things are. It feels already good when you walk into our dressing room. We want to see it as a home game on the pitch as well.

“Losing to Palace (in April 2017) was not a good feeling. I didn’t think it was going to be the start of a big run. Roy is doing an incredible job at Palace, organisation is really high and are physically strong.




“The game we won 4-3 v Palace was pretty special. They know how to find the target. We will have to stop them.

” It would be cool if we can just play our game at the highest level against Palace. It will be difficult, but we have to make it as difficult as possible for Palace.

“I don’t need these games for players to prove themselves. I know everything about my players, I don’t need to see them in a specific game to perform to plan with them or not.

“Decisions like that are made over many moments – two or three games won’t make massive difference.”

Klopp also claimed  it does not matter when Liverpool win the title.

He added: “It would be nice if we win it (as soon as possible) then I won’t have to answer questions on it!

“We are really fine with the situation. The first game back, the derby, had a specific history.”

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