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Keita to return to Klopp's starting 11 at midfield after Thiago injury

By Charles Cornwall

Keita to return to Klopp's starting 11 at midfield after Thiago injury

Jürgen Klopp has confirmed that Naby Keita will return for Liverpool's clash with Crystal Palace

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Naby Keita was unavailable against Fulham in Round 1 of the Premier League last weekend due to illness, a game in which Thiago Alcantara suffered an injury and it remained a 2-2 draw. As previously known, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also injured, prompting Klopp to be asked about a new signing to bolster the central part of the squad, with two weeks to go until the close of that window.

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Klopp's words

"I am happy with the strength, size and quality of my squad, but we have injuries, that's how it is," the German coach told a news conference.

Although he had earlier commented that no further signings would be made, "I would say there are many and one of them is the transfer market, but the transfer market only makes sense if you can bring in the right player," he said.

"It's easy to bring in a player and that doesn't even help [for] a week. If there is the right player, then it would make sense, but in reality we would always have done it from the first day of the transfer window. From the first day of pre-season, we would have done it.

According to Klopp, all the other solutions are within the squad, trad ensure that Naby will be back by Monday and Kostas will train today for the first time, so he could be back as well.

"If you have technical players, you lack the fighters, if you have the fighters, you lack the technicians, to name two things. So it was always like that: if there was a right player and there was the opportunity, we would have done it, we would have done it. But I don't see it, because we've already had a lot of conversations and it doesn't look like anything is going to happen."