Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, expressed his concerns regarding midfielder Alexis Mac Allister’s knee injury, stating that the situation appears unfavorable. Mac Allister had to be substituted during the 57th minute of the match and subsequently required stitches for the wound. Consequently, it is unlikely that he will participate in Liverpool’s upcoming game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, which will be broadcast live on TNT Sports.
During a press conference on Friday, Klopp mentioned, “Macca’s condition doesn’t seem promising, so we need to assess it day by day. There was some initial optimism after the game that it was not a severe injury.” Nevertheless, the manager holds doubts about Mac Allister’s readiness for the upcoming match on Saturday, as well as the subsequent fixtures on Thursday and Sunday. Klopp characterizes the situation as intermittent and stresses the importance of evaluating the player’s state. Liverpool’s imminent encounter in the UEFA Europa League against Union Saint-Gilloise from Belgium is scheduled for Thursday. Considering that Liverpool has already guaranteed advancement to the next stage, it is improbable that Mac Allister will be exposed to any potential risks if there are any concerns regarding his physical condition. Nevertheless, the upcoming Sunday marks a pivotal game against Manchester United at Anfield, highlighting the importance of Mac Allister’s presence.
In a positive development, Alisson, the Brazilian goalkeeper who has been recuperating from a hamstring injury, might possibly be ready for Saturday’s match. Klopp commented, “Seems promising. I am unsure if he will be fit enough for Saturday, I need to verify that.”
Regrettably, Joel Matip, the defender, will be unavailable as he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Klopp expressed his belief that the club will provide support to Matip and extend his contract, which is set to expire in the summer. Nevertheless, he refrained from offering any assurance, stating, “I have a strong belief that the club will demonstrate their excellence. He deserves our complete backing, and we will certainly provide it.”
If supporters are interested in witnessing the Crystal Palace vs Liverpool match on TNT Sports, they can tune in to TNT Sports 1 and TNT Sports Ultimate. The coverage will commence at 11:00 on Saturday, December 9, with the game starting at 12:30. Access to TNT Sports can be obtained through discovery+, BT, EE, Sky, and Virgin Media.