The Reds boss is facing yet another crisis with three central defenders all major doubts for the visit of Crystal Palace , leaving him with the prospect of throwing young Joe Gomez in for a baptism of fire against old boy Christian Benteke.
According to the German coach, his much criticised high-intensity Gegenpress system is not to blame for the persistent problems, but instead, simple bad luck which has seen his biggest stars like Sadio Mane, Phil Coutinho, Adam Lallana, and Jordan Henderson all ruled out for long periods.
For Klopp, it is a missed opportunity. He believes a top four finish and the guarantee of Champions’ League football next season would be a remarkable achievement given the injury jinx, but he believes it could have been so much better.
“The injury situation makes it not easy for us in a lot of situations. I think we all agree if we could have played our first 12 or 13 the whole season, we are only what six or seven points away from the very interesting reach in the table.
“It could have been interesting, but it is not important now because we don’t know if for sure, and we are not allowed to look back.”
Liverpool have suffered far more injuries than all their top six rivals, with only Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner of their recognised first choice team avoiding any serious injury this season.
It has left Klopp desperately scrambling to find competitive teams to maintain the Champions’ League charge in recent weeks…and the visit of Palace, who took popular defender Mamadou Sakho on loan, only serves to heighten the frustration.
But the German is adamant those critics who branded his system as too demanding to maintain throughout an entire season have got it spectacularly wrong, when they claim the injuries are down to the intensity.
“The problem I can not say exactly. But look at the injuries we’ve had – not a lot of muscle injuries which is always a sign of intensity,” he explained.
“It’s not the moment in the season where we are having the hardest training or whatever, so it’s all about individual situations. A lot of problems, they have been injuries in games, if it happens in the game, it is different.
Jurgen Klopp speaks ahead of Crystal Palace clash
“It’s not about the day to day, it’s just…the best word is unlucky.”
Klopp suggested that Palace have “one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League”, and with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas all doubts, the spotlight will again be on Liverpool’s poor goals conceded record.
They have let in more goals than any other of their top seven rivals, but the manager believes it is not a problem of the system, but one of concentration and maturity.
“The number of goals we conceded is absolutely too high – it is really rare in my personal history that we concede goals like that big number, we will work on it 100 per cent. But it’s not because there is a fault in our general defending style,” he said.
“Look at the goals we conceded this season, they don’t make sense as a statistic. Not a lot of teams have outplayed us, it is not chance after chance after chance, we are a good defending team, the highest level defending team, but at the end we still concede goals, but it is something we can sort.”