Jurgen Klopp confident Liverpool's defensive injuries just short term

Stats show Liverpool face unprecedented challenge in title race

Stats show Liverpool face unprecedented challenge in title race

That means another midfielder, Fabinho, is likely to continue as a makeshift centre-back as Liverpool seek to preserve their four point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Klopp, though, has gone into detail about how he has set about steering Liverpool towards what he hopes will be a successful title challenge and revealed he would have been viewed as "mad" had he attacked his players for the defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

'If you are a holding 6 or a centre-half with the ball it is easier'.

'It was not that bad. But we are not in, so we have to make the best of the time we have now and get as many points as possible.

"That's not different to if we came through December without injuries - unfortunately we didn't come through 100%".

But goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane, either side of Roberto Firmino's equaliser, saw City cut the gap to four points and breathe fresh life into the title race.

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"Joel trained yesterday, first time with the team, but we have to decide day-by-day how he is doing", said Klopp.

"Klopp has done an incredible job, and I would happily sit and watch his team play all night, but the Reds veered off-course in January two years ago and I hope the same thing is not happening now. So let's try our best, there is no reason to go there feeling less confident". At the moment, it is just information, nothing more.

"If Fabinho has to play as a centre-half what we want is the natural understanding of the game", Klopp told the pre-match press conference. Did we win it already? No.

Adam Lallana will also undergo a fitness test on Friday, however. The England global has endured a luckless spell but his manager believes he will still contribute towards the end of the season. Yes - if he was playing and had scored 20 goals in the last 10 games, ' said Klopp, who will use Fabinho in central defence again on Saturday.

"But if you are going to bring Mo Salah off the bench when you are 2-1 down, why not play him from the start and rest him after 60 minutes when you might be 2-1 up?"

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