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Liverpool team news: Klopp confirms Mohamed Salah fit to face Napoli

By Chris Smith

Published: 20:09, 23 November 2019 | Updated: 14:41, 27 November 2019

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed forward Mohamed Salah will return for Liverpool‘s clash with Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Salah has been struggling with an ankle injury and was unable to feature for Egypt during the recent international break.

Salah ready to go: Five things to know…

  • Salah missed the recent international break with an ankle injury.
  • He was also an unused substitute during Liverpool‘s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
  • But Klopp says Salah was “100 per cent” during training on Friday.
  • He also said the Egyptian will return to face Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.
  • Liverpool remain eight points clear atop the Premier League table.

But the 27-year-old did make the bench for Liverpool‘s 2-1 win away at Crystal Palace on Saturday – although he was not required to play – and Klopp said Salah was back to “100 per cent” on Friday.

“Mo couldn’t train for nine days, was with Egypt and went home,” Klopp said after Saturday’s match. “He trained 60-70 per cent [on Thursday] and [Friday] was the first time 100 per cent.

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“We didn’t start him. We wanted to bring him on [when Palace equalised] and then we scored, so we could rest him today. That’s really good. Wednesday he will be back.”

Palace win “feels good”, says Klopp

Liverpool once again had to dig in deep to take three points from Selhurst Park on Saturday, retaking the lead in the 85th minute just three minutes after Wilfried Zaha had equalised for Palace.

But Klopp was full of admiration for the desire shown by his players and insists the points are far more important than the performance.

“Today I have no problem that we were not brilliant because in a game like this you just have to make sure you’re ready to fight for the result and we were that from the first minute,” he said.

“Could we have played better? Yes, but we had players on the pitch that were on Thursday morning still on a plane back from Abu Dhabi, where Brazil played. That’s not too cool.

“For that, getting a result at Crystal Palace, you never take for granted. So, it feels good.

“I don’t know what people will say but I know 37 points after 13 games is exceptional and you cannot have them with winning only brilliant games. We had a couple of really brilliant games but you can’t only win them. We are not out there to send messages, we just want to get results.”