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Klopp names ‘preferred solution’ for Wolves, CL final with firm Salah Golden Boot warning

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is willing to start Golden Boot-chasing Mohamed Salah on the bench against Wolves ahead of the Champions League final.

The Reds are approaching the end of a jam-packed season in which they will play every game possible. Sunday’s final Premier League game of the campaign is their 62nd fixture and could yet see them claim a treble.

To win the title, they must beat Wolves and hope Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa can take points from Manchester City.

Liverpool have already won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup and will hope they can clinch at least a treble. Indeed, they could yet do so by winning the Champions League and not the Premier League.

As for players’ personal goals, Egypt star Salah is chasing a third league Golden Boot of his Anfield career. He has 22 goals this term, one more than Tottenham’s Son Heung-min.

However, he missed Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Southampton after coming off as a precaution in last Saturday’s FA Cup final. Virgil van Dijk also came off at Wembley, while Joe Gomez took a knock at St. Mary’s.

Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “With Joey first of all, it’s good news. Yesterday we had another reassuring scan, but he and we thought after the game we were lucky.

“It was a proper knock, but nothing happened. It’s the leg where he was injured, so I can understand 100 per cent that everybody was a bit concerned – I was until I saw Joey’s face in the dressing room.”

Klopp taking no Liverpool risks

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

“It’s reassuring that it’s all fine, if it’s fine then it’s about pain – how can you deal with pain,” Klopp added. “We will see what Joe can do today or tomorrow.

“With the other boys it looks all good, what we do with them I have no idea in the moment. I understand 100 per cent the battle with Son, but there’s no chance we take any risks.

“I bet Mo doesn’t want to take any risks, no doubt about that. It looks good, but the boys make steps and we will see.

“My preferred solution would be they could play at the weekend for rhythm, or on the bench and we bring them on. If not, then we take it from there.”

Fabinho is also progressing well. He came off in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa last Tuesday with a hamstring injury.

And whatever happens in the final two games, Klopp is just happy to be a part of one of the great Liverpool sides.

Liverpool journey one to remember

“It’s a joy to be a part of it,” the manager said. “Being part of this group is exceptional, not only the players, but in the building too, it’s insane.

“Working together with these people is a pure joy and being where we are is so rare that. You cannot plan it, it’s actually not possible, but the boys did it.

“They fed off the people here in the building and our supporters. Now we have to make sure we enjoy the last two games as well.”

Liverpool beat Wolves 1-0 in the reverse fixture at Molineux in December thanks to a late Divock Origi goal.