Liverpool team news: Klopp confirms fitness boost but duo miss Napoli clash

By on November 26, 2019

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Jurgen Klopp has issued a full team news and injury update ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Napoli on Wednesday night.

The Reds boss was pleased to confirm Naby Keita has returned to full training on Monday after the midfielder missed the win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon due to illness.

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Klopp also provided a positive update on Mohamed Salah by saying the attacker looks ‘really good’ in training after he failed to feature during the 2-1 victory over Palace at the weekend.

Salah has been carrying a niggling ankle problem in recent weeks which kept him out of action during the international break so he wasn’t risked at Selhurst Park but it looks like the Egyptian attacker is available to face Napoli.

However, Liverpool will still be without the services of Joel Matip as the centre-back continues to recover from a knee injury while Nathaniel Clyne is also still on the sidelines with a long-term knee injury.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:

“Good, good. No long-term injuries – no Joel [Matip], no Clyney, no Paul [Glatzel]. Naby was a little bit [ill] after the game, he trained yesterday but all the others look fine.”

“Mo looks really good. He looked really good in training the day before yesterday especially, after the game. It was really good.

“Yesterday we didn’t do too much, so we will see today – but I’m not worried about it.”

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When asked to expand on Matip’s situation, Klopp revealed the defender is still not able to train as he continues to work his way back to full fitness having not featured since the draw with Manchester United over a month ago.

Matip will undergo another scan this week to assess his recovery before a time-frame over his rehabilitation will be known. On Matip, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:

“Good. This week we have kind of a reassessment scan where you have a look at how it improved, but there’s nothing you can really do a lot, you have to wait until the body is doing the job pretty much.

“And we will see that, then we’ll know more. He looks fine but is not able to play and not able to train at the moment.”

Liverpool head into tomorrow night’s game sitting top of Group E on nine points – one point ahead of Napoli and five ahead of Salzburg – so a win at Anfield would guarantee they progress to the knockout stages as group winners.

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