Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been”refreshed” after a much-needed rest during the international break.
The two Salah and Mane, on the back of a lengthy Liverpool season which didn’t end on June 1 until their Champions League success that is final, had a busy summer participate in the Africa Cup of Nations, for Egypt and Senegal respectively.
Mane moved all the way meaning he reported back to training with Liverpool five days before the beginning of the year.
Neither have suffered from a dip in shape, with the set scoring seven league goals between them already, but using neither Egypt nor Senegal in action in the latest round of global fittings, Salah and Mane stayed in Liverpool, with Klopp giving them the remainder he feels they deserved.
“It was perfect for the boys who did not need to go,” Klopp said. “I am happy for them to go and perform with their national group, it is a significant honour.
“But I’ve stated it 500 times, even if you find the boys who didn’t need to go this time, for different reasons, then everything differs.
“To have five or six days away, they always train, however they do not need to be here and play football sessions.
“We could have trained since there were five players here, but then Sadio and Mo wouldn’t have got the time off they had.
“We now have another week with two matches, which is not easy, but we can’t change that.
“They are refreshed, that’s how it is, and hopefully we could use that.”
There has been a boost from Klopp press conference before Saturday’s game with Newcastle, together with Klopp revealing however there remains no rush to bring the Brazilian back into the fold.
“Alisson is improving but we can’t place any strain on him,” Klopp added. “It was a severe injury from the calf but now it’s much better. It is good for him, good for people. We don’t know [the return ].
“The target was always following the upcoming global break he could be ready but we don’t understand. Hopefully this will be fine for the remainder of the year”
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