Klopp confident Liverpool's defensive injuries just short term

Lewis Collier
January 12, 2019

It's our situation, it's not that we chose to go out of the cups. He feels good and that's good for us, of course. We'll see what that means exactly. Dejan out. Joe, of course, out.

Asked if Lovren's injury was serious, Klopp replied: 'I don't know. It's a muscle thing and I would expect him back maybe after Crystal Palace - I'm not sure.

However, with an array of injuries in central defence for today's clash with the Seagulls it appears that Fabinho will play alongside Van Dijk at the heart of the defence, but it's not the central defensive area that has to be bolstered, as the left-back area looks particularly weak.

"If Fabinho has to play as a centre half what we want is the natural understanding of the game", he said.

The league-leading Reds won seven games from seven for the month as they built a seven-point advantage over champions Manchester City at the end of the calendar year.

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"If I'm looking at the defeats they've had, one of them is away at Man City and they are their hardest game of the season, and the other away in a Cup tie where they made numerous changes. We speak in the week, but try to not make it more complicated than it is".

Dalglish was replaced as manager in 2012 despite beating Cardiff City on penalties in the League Cup final, which incidentally was the last time the club have triumphed in a cup competition.

Xherdan Shaqiri, who got a rare start on the right flank in a reshuffled 4-2-3-1 formation, missed Liverpool's best chance in the opening half when he headed inches wide after Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross.

"It's my preferred rhythm".

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