Jurgen Klopp provides Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren updates amid injury crisis

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Liverpool suffer huge pre-Brighton injury blow

Robertson has been phenomenal all season and is a guaranteed starter, if fit, but the Scottish worldwide has to be used wisely when the games come thick and fast over the coming months, and it's the left-back area that could see Liverpool's vulnerability exploited, if they don't delve into the transfer market. It's our situation, it's not that we made a decision to go out of the cups. He feels good, and that's good for us. We'll see what that means exactly. All are improving, [but] I know they are not available. "I don't have to judge him now and compare him to other players in the past".

They have not managed so far to topple any of the top four, Liverpool, Manchester City, Spurs and Chelsea.

But Klopp said: "There's no advantage, we will see it".

With a central defensive injury crisis, Fabinho keeps his place in the side with the return of Virgil van Dijk who is playing his 50th game.

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"You have helpful players around, one player usually can't decide a game - up front it happens from time to time - but in defence you need the boys around you".

Liverpool's elimination from the FA Cup means they have an 11-day gap between their games against Crystal Palace and Leicester, while title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham play fourth-round ties.

"I would love to still be in these competitions, but we are not".

Xherdan Shaqiri, who got a rare start on the right flank in a reshuffled 4-2-3-1 formation, missed Liverpool's best chance in the opening half when he headed inches wide after Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross.

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