Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Philippe Coutinho and Mohammed Salah are major doubts for the Merseyside Derby on Friday after missing out on the side’s 2:1 Premier League win over Burnley on New Year’s day.
Salah missed the game against Burnley due to a groin strain while Coutinho was absent from the tie after suffering a thigh injury.
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“Phil are Mo are injured, not massively but enough for today (to be) no chance. And (they are) a doubt, at least a doubt, for Everton,” Klopp told reporters after the dramatic win over Sean Dyche’s men.
Sadio Mane was the only presence amongst Liverpool’s quartet of impressive attackers in the starting line up, and he alongside Salah will travel to attend the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards being held in Ghana on Thursday.
However, Klopp has disclosed that he is not worried as his attacking players travel on the night that precedes the Everton game.
“We have everything organised. We have two of the three best African players in our squad. We have to show them respect. If it had been a match day, they wouldn’t have asked,” Klopp said.
“We sleep in a hotel, they sleep in a plane. That is all the difference… If Mo is not fit (for the Everton game), it will not be for that. For our side, it is just a sign of respect.”
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