Liverpool have flown to Wales for their Premier League clash with Swansea City and Mohamed Salah has made the trip despite being ill midweek.
Tottenham dropped points against Southampton on Sunday meaning that if Liverpool win against the Swans tonight they will open up a five-point gap on their top four rivals. With the Londoners traveling to Anfield in just under two weeks, it could come in handy to have a healthy lead on Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
And with Mohamed Salah apparently fit for the 24th Premier League game of the season, it bodes well for Liverpool’s chances of victory. The Egyptian was ill midweek, as were Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren, and only returned to training on Friday and there were fears he might miss the trip to Wales.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com earlier this week: “Virgil was back yesterday and completely fine. We have a few problems with players feeling ill or unwell.
“Raggy was out, but hopefully back today. Dejan was out. Mo Salah was out, but hopefully back today.
“Mo and Raggy are on the good side of it already, but with Dejan, we are not 100 percent sure [if he will be back today].”
Van Dijk has traveled and is also in line to make his second start for the Reds after missing out on the Manchester City clash with a minor hamstring clash. The Dutchman will be raring to go after making his first start nearly three weeks ago.
While van Dijk shouldn’t be overly worried about the attacking threat that Swansea pose given that they have only scored 14 goals in 23 games this season, the no.4 will offer more solidity at the back and composure bringing the ball forward.
Daniel Sturridge is the only notable absence from the squad as the Englishman looks to leave the club this month on loan, with both Sevilla and Inter Milan chasing after him.
Loris Karius will start in goal once again despite his blunder against Manchester City last week.