After a thrilling encounter at the Emirates, which ended 3-4 in the favour of Liverpool, the side will now be travelling to Turf Moor to face the newly promoted side Burnley for the second showdown of the Premier League.
The Merseysiders were having some serious troubles regarding the fitness of their players and very recently, their new acquisition Sadio Mane was taken to the hospital as he suffered a knock in training on Wednesday and the results were due for today. The manager has now confirmed that the Senegalese’s injury is not at all a serious one but further stated that his participation in the game is in doubt.
“It was a situation, a challenge between two players up in the air, coming down and then Sadio fell on his shoulder but it’s not that serious,” the boss told reporters at Melwood.
“In this moment, I have no idea if he could be available for the weekend or not, but I don’t think it will take a long time. It would have been better without this situation, but things like this will always happen and you cannot avoid this.
“In the first moment it was not too good, but meanwhile I think it is all OK.”
Furthermore, the Reds have been handed a major boost regarding the fitness of James Milner and Daniel Sturridge. The English pair missed the previous outing against Arsenal but are now ready to step on to the pitch. Besides that, the midfielder Lucas Leiva is showing some great signs regarding his fitness, while Mamadou Sakho is also edging closer to full fitness.
Klopp continued: “In full training [we have] Millie and Daniel. Lucas is on a good way and made the warm up with us and then we let him do something else. Maybe today he is in team training, we will see.
“Mama is in a better way, not part of team training but is not too far away from it, so that’s good.”
“Emre Can came later in the pre-season, but as everybody could see when he came on [at Arsenal] he is in a good way,” said the manager. “Daniel Sturridge is back. Divock Origi came later in the pre-season but again is getting better and better. He was not in the line-up, but he could be in the line-up – the same for Joel Matip, who had little injury issues, and Millie is back. He missed maybe eight or nine days but is always in good shape physically, so I don’t think he lost a lot. He is an option, like a few other players too.
“My job is to watch through the week who gives me which signs and then I will make the line-up. The last game is one thing I think about, of course – it’s important but not the only thing I should use for my decision.”
Talking about Danny Ings, who featured – and scored – for the Reds’ U23s last Sunday, Klopp said:
“I like Danny. I talked to him and I told him last week that in my opinion it makes more sense that he collects game time, that he can play – as he did, he scored a goal, all good.
“But the situation here is like it is. You can ask me about it, or you already know about it. We don’t have a big problem at this moment – and hopefully it stays like this – on strikers.
“We need to work, every player needs to work and be available and then I have to make decisions, that’s how it is. Show me your best and I will make decisions. The most comfortable situation for me would be that the decisions are really difficult to make.
“It’s pretty possible, and hopefully it stays like this, that I have to make on Friday really difficult decisions because no-one has given me a sign that they don’t want to be involved. That’s a manager’s life.”