Klopp 'not sure' of Salah's chances as Liverpool's penalty taker


Liverpool's win over Huddersfield Town at Anfield on Saturday came as a huge relief to Klopp and his side, on the back of three games without a win and only picking up one win in six games, with two thrashings at the hands of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in amongst those results.

"I can imagine what people think", said Klopp.

The Sturridge we saw back in 2014 would have been a flawless player to give Klopp's team a cutting edge, with the pace and power he had back then a real threat to any defence.

"We have to see". I hope for both.

Klopp suggested Lovren could still be involved if he joins his session on Wednesday morning, but this seems highly unlikely.

"If they do not train it does not mean, especially in Dejan's case, immediately that he can not play because it will be three days [since he last played]". In Dejan's case if he could train tonight [Tuesday] and tomorrow, that would be enough. "Alberto had a little bit of a cramp, Joe felt [it] a little bit", Klopp added. So we were really careful.

"If a player is playing, then he must be at 100 per cent". If he tells me, 'I have a problem here or there, ' then it's only one talk with the medical department - what does it mean? "I don't think about rotation, I think about a 100 per cent spot-on team".

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However, the hosts will still be without the likes of Nathaniel Clyne (back), Adam Lallana (thigh) and Sadio Mane (hamstring).

"Adam will be part of team training in the global break".

Liverpool recorded an emphatic 7-0 win over Maribor in the reverse fixture and another win this week would put them in a strong position to qualify for the last 16. "Both of them are much better, but if they will be OK for tomorrow night, I don't know in this moment".

"It goes without saying that this is a must-win game as Liverpool have to try and top their Champions League group, avoid the big hitters in the first round of knock-out matches and see if they can have a decent run in the competition".

But Klopp insists he will not take anything for granted, despite the easy nature of their meeting in Slovenia.

'I've definitely found myself enjoying my football again playing in midfield.