Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will return to action against Manchester City this Sunday, with the Egyptian looking to add to his tally of 23 goals so far this season.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference at Melwood on Friday, Klopp said Salah is likely to play against Pep Guardiola’s side at Anfield, providing there are no setbacks between now and Sunday.
“If nothing happens in this moment, Mo is back, he is training completely normally.”
There was also updates from Klopp on the fitness of Daniel Sturridge, who has reportedly asked for a transfer this month. Jordan Henderson is also on his way back from injury, whilst Alberto Moreno returned to training this week.
The City game will come too soon for Henderson and Moreno.
“Sturridge is back in training, healthy and on the way to be fit again.
“Hendo is in this moment out on the pitch and is training. It looks good – he wears football boots, that is always a good sign. He was not in team training so far.
“Alberto Moreno was in team training yesterday, the first full session. He is a little bit early but after that he should be ready. He needs time for proper training of course.
“The boys really do a lot in their rehab situation and, if we have time, we bring them a little bit later into team training so that they can do a little bit more specific physical work. But still they need time to adapt to the intensity of a football game. It looks really good, cool.”
The Reds’ clash with City on Sunday is set up to be one of the games of the season. Pep Guardiola’s side are yet to be beaten this season.
Klopp: “We played there (City) a few months ago and it was one of the stranger games of my life.
“The red card (for Mané) changed the game and maybe for Man City the season.
“In a football way we need to clarify something. We need to make life difficult and try to win. It’s Anfield. I’m really looking forward to the game to be honest.
“The main strength of City is their tactical discipline. We lost a player in the game there and conceded five. It was a different situation. We have since found our way.
It’s interesting to play against City. They play really good and if you don’t respect that, you have a problem. But if you are not brave in your game, you will also have a problem.”
Liverpool’s last match saw £75m debutant Virgil van Dijk score the winner in front of the Kop in the Merseyside derby.
Klopp says he was very impressed by his new defender on the night, but has not decided whether he will play against Manchester City in what will be ‘a completely different game’.
“The Everton game showed it is a do-able job for him to adapt. Come on, it was quite impressive.
“This is a completely different game v City. The team’s tactics should be as tuned as possible. I haven’t decided if he is ready for this or not.
“If the centre-halves have nothing to do it means our pressing is good – I’ll take that. It’s not guaranteed Virgil will start every game.”