Jurgen Klopp has provided an update on Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane’s injuries and has responded to criticism from Holland and former Everton manager Ronald Koeman.
Liverpool take on Huddersfield this evening and will be keen to get back to winning ways after four consecutive games in all competitions without a win before the international break began two weeks ago.
The German is sweating over the fitness of Sadio Mane after he had surgery on a broken thumb suffered during training with Senegal this week. Virgil van Dijk is likely to start for the Reds despite having played with broken ribs for several weeks.
Klopp told reporters at Melwood: “We have yesterday’s session and a few of the boys trained, we have to see how they react after that. It’s pretty sure Naby will not be.
“With all the rest, we have to see how it develops.”
“You saw when he went off against Southampton,” he said on van Dijk. “Virgil would not leave the pitch without major problems. But it’s healed pretty quick, that’s how it is.
“Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain, that’s how it is. We’re all happy if we don’t say anything, but Mr Koeman has something to talk about in his press conference, so that’s good.
“He has no problems with that any more.”
The German manager is still unsure if Mane will start or not after he had surgery on a broken thumb midweek and will assess the injury before kick off this evening.
“I really don’t know yet. We have to see,” Klopp said. “Three days ago Sadio came home, it was diagnosed and blah, blah, blah. At the moment I have no clue what he can do with the brace on.
“We will see what he wants to do. It’s all about the player. If he thinks he can play then I need to make a decision about how it looks.”
Naby Keita (hamstring) is ruled out but the good news for Klopp is that Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and James Milner are fit following recent injury scares.