In the latest Liverpool news, manager Jurgen Klopp says he will not take a chance on the fitness of Mohamed Salah in Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Everton.
The Egypt winger is a doubt for the 231st meeting between the city rivals after limping out of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City.
The former Chelsea and Roma forward had earlier netted his 38th goal of the season in all competitions as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners at Anfield.
Salah’s excellent form in front of goal has been the catalyst for many of Liverpool’s strong performances this season and he will be sorely missed if he cannot overcome his groin injury to make the starting line-up at Everton.
Klopp says his top goalscorer has been spending time in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in an attempt to get fit but claims he will not play if there are any doubts.
“I cannot make Mo available just because it is a derby,” said Klopp. “I would never do that. It is impossible.
“You cannot push a player into the game just because [it is a derby]. I don’t even think our supporters would want us to do that.
“If he is a doubt, he will not be involved. That is how it is with all our players. If they are not 100 per cent fit, they cannot be involved.”
Should he miss the game then Salah will join Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in the Liverpool treatment room while Emre Can’s participation is in doubt due to a back injury.
Klopp has pledged to play a strong team at Goodison Park despite the injuries and the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
Liverpool are 20/23 with Ladbrokes to win Saturday’s derby, with Everton 3/1 and the draw at 5/2.