Klopp of­fers hope over Salah’s fit­ness

Fiji Sun - - SUNFUN -

Jur­gen Klopp has re­fused to rule any play­ers out of Liver­pool’s visit to Ever­ton to­mor­row amid sug­ges­tions that Mo­hamed Salah and Andy

Robert­son are fit­ness doubts.

Both play­ers missed last week’s be­hind­closed­doors friendly thrash­ing of Black­burn

Rovers at An­field with what were de­scribed as mi­nor is­sues.

But, while Robert­son has since been pho­tographed tak­ing part in train­ing at Mel­wood, Salah has not, lead­ing to spec­u­la­tion that he is fac­ing a bat­tle to make to­morow’s game.

When asked if ei­ther man is a doubt for Liver­pool’s first fix­ture since foot­ball was paused in March, Klopp re­mained up­beat.

He said: “They look all good. We had, of course, dur­ing the train­ing pe­riod some lit­tle prob­lems, that’s com­pletely nor­mal how we al­ways have it.

“But none of them is ruled out for Sun­day, I can say.”

One man who could ben­e­fit from Salah’s po­ten­tial ab­sence is Jan­uary sign­ing Takumi Mi­namino.The Ja­panese has strug­gled for game time since his ar­rival from RB Salzburg, with Klopp keen to give him time to adapt to new sur­round­ings. But, when asked if the en­forced break and a sec­ond pre-sea­son has ben­e­fited his lat­est ac­qui­si­tion, the man­ager replied: “Oh yes, mas­sively so.

“New play­ers com­ing in, usu­ally how it is with us we say the first two, three, four months we don’t judge.

“But I know the pub­lic does and that means that we have to al­ways ex­plain why it’s not like this, why it’s not like that. The more time you have, for what­ever rea­son, the bet­ter it is.

“And now we had four weeks, which is by the way the long­est pre-sea­son I had with any Liver­pool side all to­gether. That’s a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

“Usu­ally we have - all to­gether one week. I think last year it was not even a week when Sa­dio came back!

“It helped… Taki, 100 per cent, he looks re­ally dif­fer­ent in the mo­ment than the first three weeks when he tried to please ev­ery­body and do ev­ery­thing we say in a lan­guage he’s not 100 per cent com­fort­able with.”

Lon­don Evening Stan­dard

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