Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he doesn’t see the issue in playing Mo Salah against Porto.
The winger did not start the game, but many people felt he shouldn’t have featured at all, with Liverpool already 5-0 up and needing to just keep tight at the back to go through to the next round of the Champions League – which they did.
However, Klopp put him on for the last bit of the game, and said injuries ahead of the Manchester United match were in his mind, but that he can’t always think about negative things – and Salah wanted a run-out.
Sky Sports report Klopp said: “Everyone thinks about injuries but that can happen all the time.
“Now we thought we give him, if possible, the last 20. If it is 15 he trains again on Wednesday.
“I told him if he really runs a lot he does not have to train so I thought he was quite lively.
“(Andrew) Robertson had an issue but not big. It was not about rotation, only about the next line-up.
“It was not too intense for Sadio, even though he was lively. It was very important for Adam (Lallana), getting used to the rhythm, and for Ingsy (Danny Ings) a few minutes.
“Joe Gomez playing after a few weeks was important. Now we can prepare for the Manchester game and I am looking forward to it.”
The United game this weekend will see the winner handed a huge boost in terms of who will finish second in the league, with form side Liverpool making up ground in the second half of the season, and showing how deadly their side can be.
Mourinho may set his side up for the draw, but will know that a win would go down well with the United faithful – and also see his side further boosted in their quest for the top four come the end of the season.