Philippe Coutinho will be fit for Crystal Palace clash, Jürgen Klopp insists

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Philippe Coutinho is fit for Sunday's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

The Brazilian missed out on Liverpool's 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan on Thursday despite making the long-haul journey with Klopp's squad, with the boss confirming that he had picked up a minor problem in their win at Chelsea a few days earlier.

But Coutinho is back available as the Reds welcome Palace to Anfield having won their last three games in all competitions, though Klopp is yet to taste victory on Merseyside in league competitions after drawing 1-1 with Southampton last month.

The German, speaking at a pre-match press conference on Saturday afternoon, insisted that the attacking midfielder will be fine to take part against the Eagles - as will several others who only played minor roles in Russia.

He said that Coutinho is feeling "okay" and had told him he was feeling okay on Thursday, insisting that it is "the same" with Adam Lallana - who came on for half an hour in Kazan.

Klopp admitted that they had "some small problems" after their Europa League fixture, but dismissed them as "normal" and "nothing serious" as he explained that Liverpool will "wait until the last hours" to see whether several players are unavailable.

But he moved to banish any fears by insisting that Lallana, Martin Skrtel and Lucas Leiva - who all came on as substitutes in the second-half of their European triumph - are available to return to the starting eleven.

The Reds boss added that they "can make changes" having played without the trio and Coutinho, saying they have "others players" who can come into the side.

He vowed to "see the training" and then go with his gut feeling as he makes his decision on the morning of the game.

Fatigue will play no part as long as Liverpool want to win, Klopp says

Despite travelling nearly 5,000 miles to the Republic of Tatarstan and only returning early in the hours of Friday which meant they have trained just once prior to the clash with the Eagles, Klopp believes a lack of preparation or fatigue will play no part.

He insisted that they slept on the five-hour flight home, insisting it would only be a "problem" if they had travelled by train or by car, so it was "normal" when they got back because it is a "normal journey" if the club wants to play in European football. 

With Liverpool having aspirations of returning to the more financially rewarding Champions League, Klopp said it is the "same" with returning on a Wednesday morning and playing on Saturday. 

He admitted that it is "better" not to play in mid-week, but insisted it will only affect the game and be an advantage for Palace if his side "are not prepared to fight."

The manager insisted that they cannot afford to expect an "easy game" against their opponents, declaring that they must "fight and try to find solutions" because they are "fit", "healthy", "young" and "can do it."

The former Borussia Dortmund boss insisted that he heard "old stories" from sporting director Michael Zorc whilst in his homeland about the first-half after a mid-week game being "difficult" but the second-half feeling "easier" due to it feeling like a "long warm up" but only if the players are "calm and focused."

On Palace's set-up, he said they are "difficult" to play against due to their strength and height across the pitch, adding that teams must "play special" in order to beat them. 

He declared that Liverpool are aware about their "transition game" with their threat on the break, and said they must "try to be prepared" to counter-act that.

However, Klopp doesn't feel it is a "big difference" from the styles they have faced against Chelsea and Rubin Kazan over the last week, because both sides were "very organised and deep" and Palace "will do something similar" when the Reds are in possession, so they "have to be ready."

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