Rival fans are only more than happy to point out Liverpool’s “luck” around injuries this season. Of course, they conveniently forget the fact that Liverpool were without the world’s best goalkeeper for the first eight matches, and that a few players have been struggling along with injuries, including key members Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson.
And as far as we know, Salah and Robbo are still question marks for tomorrow.
“Yesterday [Salah] trained,” Jurgen Klopp explained in his pre-match press conference. “He trained the whole time since he was here, but only the things we wanted him to do.
“Today is another important session to see how it looks and we can make the decision. It’s not that it got worse but it’s still kind of there, that’s the problem. We have to be sensible with things like this.
“But I didn’t make the decision. If I would have made a decision, I probably wouldn’t have told you now, but it’s true I have to see the session today.”
The good news is that Virgil van Dijk, who withdrew from the Netherlands squad prematurely, is fit and available for tomorrow’s action. However, because of the international exertions of others, there are quite a few unknowns ahead of tomorrow’s match against Palace.
“In the moment, yes, Virgil is 100 per cent available. But it’s the time of the year when players get out of the squad overnight, unfortunately, with some other things – getting sick or ill or whatever.
“Fabinho and Bobby and Ali played on Tuesday, Gini Wijnaldum played on Tuesday, so we have these players where we really need to have a look at how they react and what makes sense for them or not.”
It will likely be a tough one against Palace, although even a changed side should have enough to get the points at Selhurst Park. Hopefully there are enough players fit and ready to go that Klopp can rest Salah and Robbo a few more days if need be. Though, having both on the bench would be nice, just in case.