Jürgen Klopp hopes to have Adam Lallana available for next weekend’s meeting with Crystal Palace.

The Liverpool midfielder missed last Monday’s FA Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers due to a minor injury and will again be absent from the Premier League leaders’ squad to face Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.

However, Klopp believes Lallana will be fit for Palace’s visit to Anfield in seven days’ time.

“We are in close contact and it's just a shame for Adam,” the boss said.

“It's not serious, he'll probably be available for next week. It was only a little thing but it was enough to put him out of the Wolves game.

“Of course it's not nice, who would like that after the season he's had? But you can't change things that happened a day ago or an hour ago.

“You have to deal with it and he's dealing well with it, he won't lose confidence. He's been confident in all the sessions and has helped us a lot. He is a very mature person, it's all good.

“It's unlucky and a real shame that it happened. We were all like: 'Oh no, please don't do that.’

“It's always bad when you lose a player but especially at this moment. Nobody likes it but you have to deal with it.”

Fitness issues have restricted Lallana to eight appearances so far this season, but Klopp expects the England international to positively impact the second half of a campaign during which Liverpool are targeting success both domestically and in Europe. 

“You have to get through this. With a long injury, it very often takes the same amount of time again before your body reacts exactly like it was before,” the manager continued.

“He's had a few issues now but he's a fantastic player. It's not about thinking ‘Oh it's happened again'. It's something different.

“I am still completely positive. Would I like to have him available? Yes, 100 per cent. It's brilliant to have him around as he can cool games down, he can be creative between the lines, he still has speed and all these things.

“It's not cool to lose him in a session, we didn't have many training injuries this season. He stretched to get the ball and it happened. Nothing else to say about it.

“Could he be in a better place mentally? Yes, if he was playing and had scored 20 goals in the last 10 games. But everything is fine. Adam knows that we need him.”