Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reported that Virgil van Dijk will be available Saturday to face Crystal Palace, but several other players will need late fitness tests, including Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson.
Goal’s Neil Jones shared news from Friday’s German press conference.
Van Dijk failed to feature a 5-0 win over Estonia on Tuesday in the Netherlands.
According to Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle, Klopp added on Salah: “He trained yesterday. He’s been training the things we want him to do. It’s not that he ‘s got worse, it’s just that [injury] is still there. We have to be sensible. I have to see the session today before I make a decision.”
During the international break, both Salah and Robertson were unable to feature for their national teams due to ankle problems.
Per Doyle, Klopp added that from the international break Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, and Georginio Wijnaldum have returned to the club late and have yet to prove their availability.
Since September, Xherdan Shaqiri hasn’t been featured for the Reds because of a calf injury, but Klopp gave the club an update on his return and future, per James Pearce of The Athletic. Shaqiri may only be a squad player at Anfield, but his return will be useful to the Reds in the coming weeks.
Liverpool will play at least 12 matches between Saturday and January 2—13 if they reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup—while the scheduled clash with West Ham United on December 21 has been postponed to an unknown date.
Klopp discussed how the club will deal with the hectic schedule.
When they play Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on December 17 and in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup in Qatar the next day the Reds will have to divide their squad.
Liverpool will need to use their youth to deal with this plan, but making as many first-team squad members available as possible will ease the pressure on their academic abilities and improve their chances of winning both squads.