The Spaniard’s absence, which the Liverpool boss remained coy on in his pre-match press convention on Friday, opens up a chance for another midfielders to impress.
Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stay sidelined, however the likes of Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita, Fabio Carvalho and James Milner are in competition to play a extra distinguished function in Liverpool’s staff within the coming weeks.
“Yeah he’s all the time,” Klopp mentioned when requested if the 19-year-old was in his ideas a few potential begin towards Palace.
“He’s a implausible boy, tremendous participant. Got here on (towards Fulham), had an actual affect, and performed an excellent pre-season.”
The England under-21 worldwide penned a brand new long-term contract on Thursday, maybe a sign of the necessary function he might play in Klopp’s facet this season.
Elliott did, after all, begin the primary three video games of the final marketing campaign, earlier than a nasty ankle harm sustained towards Leeds final September hampered his progress.
Klopp says Elliott is considered one of quite a lot of gamers who can step up and is clearly has no doubts about his means.
“All people has to simply make the following step of their improvement, that’s regular,” Klopp continued.
“How I mentioned, Harvey performed at an unimaginable degree already, then acquired injured and that’s it.
“He performed a great pre-season, in all of the video games when he got here on he was actually decisive. Got here on towards Metropolis and performed a extremely good recreation, got here on towards Fulham and performed a extremely good recreation.
“Does he must step up? Yeah, however like all of the others as properly.”
Except for Elliott, although, there are a number of different choices at Klopp’s disposal.
Carvalho impressed in his first pre-season with the membership and was one other who got here on to make an affect towards Fulham, whereas Klopp continues to speak up the contributions 36-year-old James Milner might make on his staff this season.
“Now we have accidents, however I anticipate from the boys that they, over the time we labored collectively, and naturally, sooner quite than later, they fulfil their potential.
“That’s what I’m in search of and Harvey’s on a great way, that’s how it’s, and Fabio didn’t even begin and he’s on a great way as properly, in order that’s cool.
“Milly appears sharp. Does he must step up? He confirmed already rather a lot. These type of issues.
“Hendo performed good within the six once we needed to transfer him inside, so there’s nonetheless competitors for locations with the gamers we now have and these type of issues.”