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Jurgen Klopp reveals one big potential absence ahead of Palace clash

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Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp reported a virtually clean bill of health for his squad this weekend but one key man may have to miss the trip to London to play Crystal Palace on Saturday.

In his pre-match press conference Klopp revealed that James Milner had been ill this week and only took part in some running yesterday.

While the German didn't rule him out of the weekend's game, he has to be seen as as serious doubt now. 

Milner has been exceptional for the Reds at left back this season, and his absence would be a loss to Liverpool, especially at Selhurst Park, a ground where Liverpool have struggled in recent years.

Also, the game will see Chritian Benteke face his old team, and Klopp had a number of kind things to say about the striker he shipped out this summer.

‘We knew about his qualities. Every player needs the space to develop and show things,’ he said.

‘The move made sense. Palace bought the player. In the last year he always showed his qualities, he’s especially good at heading.

‘We had to make decisions. I’m always honest. My door is always open. The agreement we have is work hard.

‘We couldn’t change it and I’m pretty sure Christian thought the same, so it made sense to make the transfer.