Klopp delivers latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Palace game
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp passes Philippe Coutinho as fit to face Crystal Palace on Sunday
Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho has reassured the Liverpool manager that he is fit to face Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds playmaker was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Rubin Kazan in the Europa League in Russia on Thursday night due to a slight injury concern.
We will see who can train and then we’ll start thinking about the starting line-up
However, Klopp, who is looking to secure a fourth successive win in all competitions against the Eagles tomorrow, gave Coutinho a clean bill of health for the Premier League clash.
“He [Coutinho] told me he was OK on Thursday too!” Klopp told his pre-match media conference. “But I didn’t want to risk, the same with Adam [Lallana], who played a few minutes.
“We had some small problems after this game, normal after the intensity of the game. So we have to wait for the last hours until we are sure who can play tomorrow.
“But there’s nothing serious in this moment. Now we will see who can train and then we’ll start thinking about the starting line-up.
“We can make some changes. We played without Martin [Skrtel], without Lucas [Leiva], without Phil and without Adam, and we have some other players who played the match before. And we have a few other players we could bring in if we want.
“Now I have to see in training my feeling about the feeling of the players. Then we’ll make a starting line-up.”
The Brazil international, 23, has scored three times in 10 Premier League games this season.
Coutinho has also made two assists in the English top-flight.
The South American midfielder is still waiting to open his account in the Europa League this season.
Coutinho moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A side Inter Milan under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.