Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is fit to face Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday but manager Jurgen Klopp was unwilling to give updates on a number of other players.

Salah flew back from Egypt, where he had returned two positive Covid-19 tests, on Friday and was ruled out of Sunday’s win over Leicester but has subsequently tested negative and is back in contention.

“Mo trained yesterday and looked really good. All the tests were negative so he’s available if nothing changes,” said Klopp, who hinted the forward made a misjudgement while away on international duty.

The manager, however, does not yet know how soon the likes of Jordan Henderson (thigh), Thiago Alcantara (knee) and Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle) will be back.

“All the rest – no news. We will see. I don’t want to speak too much about it because I have no idea who Atalanta can bring – so why should we give any information?,” he added.

Asked what he expected from Atalanta after hammering the Serie A side 5-0 earlier this month, Klopp said: “They are a threat [even] without a point to prove.

“We were exceptional [in Italy]. We did everything right. It all came together. We know that game has nothing to do with tomorrow. They’re a top team with a special way to play. I expect problems in this game.”

 

 

Klopp also welcomed the imminent return of fans to football grounds – albeit in a reduced capacity – but still had questions about the logic being applied to the numbers involved.

“The problem is, I just struggle to put faith in any kind of announcements,” he said.

“I don’t understand why it is only 2,000 people in a 60,000 stadium. But I am not surprised. It’s good news, good sign. I’ll take it 100 per cent.”

 


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No time for defensive work

The champions have though produced four clean sheets in seven games and Klopp was asked if they had been working on things which had led to an improvement.

Klopp said: “When would we do extra work? We’re here or we’re playing. There’s no time for extra work.

“Thank God I have a pretty smart team, the work is in the meeting room. Not a lot on training pitch.

“I really think it is funny to talk to us about defensive struggles, yes, at Villa we conceded seven goals and we won’t forget that. Before that we didn’t defend bad. We know how to defend. How the boys do it is exceptional.

“But we have to keep doing it because we have only played nine games in the Premier League and three in the Champions League.

“There are so many games to play and we will try to be as spot on as we can in specific games. Different line-ups but we cannot change that.

“The boys have to adapt immediately. Interesting situation. It’s not all worked on the pitch because the schedule doesn’t give us that time.”

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