Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool have failed to catch Chelsea

The Reds have the greatest goalscoring record in the Premier League this season with 69 but have allowed 40 against, the second-worst of any of the top six.

Jurgen Klopp's side are on a seven match unbeaten run that includes five wins and has lifted them up to third place in the Premier League.

According to the Liverpool Echo: "Matip and Lucas both took part in training yesterday [Friday] but worked with the rehab coach, while Klavan also trained outside".

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.

Meanwhile, Liverpool could have to deal with a shortage of central defenders for Sunday's game against Crystal Palace. Like it is always when you play against Zlatan [Ibrahimovic], other strikers, these kinds of strikers - tall, good with their back to the goal - you have to avoid the crosses and you have to avoid the passes.

"I don't know, we will see", he said.

Lovren and Matip, the club's first choice pairing, have only started 14 of Liverpool's 33 Premier League matches together.

"It is not for us in this moment and hopefully not for us in the future - not because of Joe but we already have two strong goalkeepers".

The Liverpool manager has called for the Anfield crowd to be at its most vociferous and wants a similar approach from his players. He cannot really train so we have to wait for when he can.

Palace have won their last two visits to Anfield and Sam Allardyce will be looking to make it three in a row.

"We can not say 100 percent that we will play Champions League football next year".

Jurgen Klopp's Reds have been improving of late, but will go into the game facing a mini-injury crisis.

"The situation with our goalkeepers is really good. [Wilfried] Zaha, [Andros] Townsend, Christian, [Jason] Puncheon, they are really good footballers", Klopp said in Thursday's media conference.

"I am getting to the stage of my career where I think I can help a lot, off the pitch of course, but on the pitch as well".

  • Julie Sanders