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Liverpool Face Injury Crisis Ahead of Crystal Palace Match

Two centre halves, a holding midfielder, and their captain’s future in doubt. Liverpool are in the midst of an injury crisis.

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Liverpool could be without Joël Matip, Ragnar Klavan, and Lucas Leiva on the weekend when they face off against Crystal Palace in the Premier League. They will certainly be without Jordan Henderson, with Jürgen Klopp now admitting his captain could miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

"In this moment he cannot really train so we will have to wait for that," was the Liverpool manager's response when asked to update Henderson's status. "Of course we are in intense talks with the medical department. He is not feeling patient. Not more than for me, but yes, it's not cool. He looks healthy but he cannot play football and that is the situation."

Meanwhile, Matip, Klavan, and Lucas all picked up minor knocks in the win over Tony Pulis' West Brom and all three missed training today and are considered doubtful for the weekend, though Klopp isn't willing to write any of the off just yet.

"We have a few things from the last game which don't make it easy," he noted. "A muscle problem with Joël and Lucas, still a knee problem with Ragnar. It was a really small problem but with a ligament so it still may not be enough time before Crystal Palace, but it looks okay at the moment.

"We have to find a solution for the weekend, not for next year. It's not 100% that Lucas cannot play, it's not 100% that Joël cannot play, it's not 100% that Ragnar cannot play. But they are not training at the moment so it's not so cool. Joe Gomez has played on Monday for the U23, played well, so maybe we have to try. We will see."

Liverpool have five games remaining in the season and know that ten points would almost certainly secure a top four finish and a return to the Champions League. With Manchester United and Arsenal nipping at their heels, though, a major injury crisis could put those qualification hopes in serious doubt.

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