Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Mohamed Salah will likely be fit to return to the side for Wednesday evening’s Champions League clash against Napoli at Anfield.
The Egyptian star has been battling a niggling ankle injury over the last couple of months and was rested to the bench for Saturday’s 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming into the side in his place.
But speaking to the media ahead of the game with Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Klopp confirmed Salah will likely be fit for selection.
“Mo looks really good in training the day before yesterday especially,” Klopp said. “Yesterday he didn’t do too much so we will see today. But I’m not worried about it.”
The news is not so good for defender Joel Matip, however, who continues to be sidelined by an ongoing knee problem and will now be sent for a further scan to get to the route of the problem.
“Joel Matip is improving but still some time away from the team,” Klopp added.
Pushed further about why Matip is taking so long, Klopp continued: “It’s nothing we can rush.”
Liverpool have a busy run of games coming up and with plans confirmed for how they will tackle the two games in 24hrs scenario, Klopp insists his only focus right remains on the clash with Napoli.
Klopp says: “There’s a lot to come but for now by only concern is for Napoli.
“It’s same for Napoli. If they win they are through. All the things (looking to Salzburg in final group game) are not in our mind. Tomorrow night of course we try to win, it would be massive for us for different reasons. We don’t feel like we are already halfway through.
“I expect Napoli to be really strong for a number of reasons. Number one, they are a really good football teams. And now they are not in Italy they feel maybe relief they can play in this game – we have to be ready for that.”