Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given an update on Mohamed Salah’s injury as the player hopes to be fit for the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
The Egyptian has been possibly the most impressive player in all of Europe this season, as well as the Premier League.
Having scored his 38th goal in all competitions on Wednesday, there is no doubt they would want him available against their rivals Everton.
Though, that is looking more and more likely not to happen after being taken off with an injury in midweek.
Now, Klopp has explained why we won’t risk Salah if he isn’t 100% fit.
“I cannot make Mo available because it is the derby. You cannot push a player through a game,” he explained in his press conference today.
“None of our supporters would want that. If he is a doubt, and not 100 percent, he will not be involved.
“I would not risk any player, not just Mo, it would be the same situation.
“We have tried everything to make him available. 24 hours to go so let’s see.”
There has also been much talk about prioritising the second leg against Man City next week over the Merseyside derby.
Some fans are okay with several players being rested if it means a full squad for the Champions League but Klopp doesn’t agree.
“You cannot do it like this. Anything can happen overnight, a player can get ill or something,” he explained.
“You must always focus on the next game and that is Everton. The next game is never the reason for rotation, the last game is.”
Klopp on Salah fitness: “We try everything to make him available. There are still 24hrs to go before we start so let’s see what happens.”
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) April 6, 2018
Imagine: Liverpool fielding a second-string team against Everton and Ben Woodburn doing a complete madness.
— Paul (@Kolology) April 4, 2018