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Jurgen Klopp reveals Alexis Mac Allister required stitches as Liverpool injury issues grow

Jurgen Klopp reveals Alexis Mac Allister required stitches as Liverpool injury issues grow

Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Alexis Mac Allister will make a swift recovery after requiring stitches on his knee against Sheffield United.

Liverpool moved back to just two points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal with a 2-0 win at Bramall Lane, avoiding any slip-ups in Chris Wilder's first match back in charge of the Blades.

Virgil van Dijk gave Liverpool a first-half lead from a corner, before Dominik Szoboszlai eventually put the match to bed as he doubled the lead deep into stoppage-time to seal the three points.

Mac Allister started in midfield but went down in the opening minutes after a heavy challenge, playing with his left knee strapped until he was replaced just before the hour mark by Curtis Jones.

The 24-year-old has started 14 of Liverpool's 15 League matches so far this season, but he is now a doubt for Saturday's trip to face Crystal Palace in the lunchtime kick-off as Klopp revealed the cut was significantly hampering Mac Allister before he came off.

“Macca, it was a shame," Klopp said.

"Early, he stepped on his knee, there was a cut. As long as the wound was open, we just strapped it, obviously it was painful but he could play.

“Then we stitched it but then obviously it got a bit tighter there and then he couldn’t move anymore. Now we have to see how long that will take. I hope not too long.”

Liverpool will be hoping it does not prove to be another significant injury absence, having already lost Joel Matip for the rest of the season with a ruptured ACL. It adds to the problems facing Klopp, who is currently without the likes of Andy Robertson, Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota too.