Jurgen Klopp: 'Liverpool might be challenging for title were it not for injuries'

A hooded Jurgen Klopp looking shifty during the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool on April 16, 2017
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Jurgen Klopp believes that Liverpool would be challenging for the Premier League title had injuries not hampered his side over the course of the season.

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Liverpool would be challenging for the Premier League title had injuries not hindered his side over the course of the season.

The Reds host Crystal Palace on Sunday with Klopp facing a potential defensive crisis as three of his usual centre-backs - Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva - are all doubts for the fixture.

Klopp admitted that he has been left wondering what might have been had he had a full squad to choose from throughout the campaign, with his side currently sat nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.

"I think we can all agree that if we could have played our first 12 or 13 for the whole season, and we are only six, seven, eight points away from the very interesting region of the table, then it's not unlikely that it could have worked," the German told Sky Sports News.

"But it's not important now because we don't know for sure. It's not allowed to look back. We have to find a line-up solution for the next game.

"What I can say is that we really need all our passion in a situation like this. I said a few days ago that it's not about playing the best football, it's about getting results. Most of the time it works if we've got a good plan but the passion is really important.

"We need all the passion from the stands. It's Anfield. We've had two away games. It feels like we last played here eight weeks ago or something, but it was only two or three weeks. Now we are back."

Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson have all missed significant periods of the current campaign due to injury.

Ragnar Klavan in action for Liverpool on August 6, 2016
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