Jurgen Klopp provided an injury update on Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho following the Reds’ 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on New Year’s Day.
Playing their second game in 48 hours, Liverpool looked tired and lethargic and devoid of creative intent in the absence of Mo Salah and Phil Coutinho.
In spite of the gruelling circumstances and being forced to field a weakened side, the Reds ground out an impressive 2-1 win at a difficult stadium. Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren combined at the death to seal the points for the Merseysiders after Johan Gudmundsson had equalised in the 88th minute.
After the match, Jurgen Klopp spoke up on injured duo Salah and Coutinho and provided a flexible timeline for the pair’s return to action.
After scoring two goals to see off Leicester, Salah was substituted due to a knock he picked up. Their respective thigh and groin complaints will be assessed before the FA Cup Merseyside derby on Friday.
On their injuries, Klopp said, “Phil are Mo are injured, not massively but enough for today [to be] no chance. And [they are] a doubt, at least a doubt, for Everton.”
In their absence, it’s important that Sadio Mane returns to his frightening best form after a few weeks of poor touches and uninspired movement up front. That said, he is still chipping in with the goals and merely needs to improve on his build up play which has been lacking.
Although the absence of Coutinho and Salah meant that Liverpool were lacking creativity and the penetration which has seen the latter score 17 Premier League goals this season, it is pleasing to see the Reds grinding out wins against difficult opposition like Leicester City and Burnley.
With Manchester City visiting Anfield following the round of FA Cup games, Klopp’s side will need to be at their absolute best and this newfound habit of winning games when they perhaps shouldn’t could come in handy.