Liverpool boss Klopp provides update on key player's fitness

Liverpool boss Klopp provides update on key player's fitness

Jurgen Klopp gave himself a clean bill of health on Friday after a midweek hospital visit, but there was mixed news on the fitness of his Liverpool squad.

Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are included in Liverpool's starting line-up against Southampton at Anfield after shaking off an adductor and hamstring issue respectively.

Sadio Mane is back after making a swift recovery from a hamstring scare that he picked up while on worldwide duty but Joel Matip isn't risked due to a thigh problem.

"I feel really good". However he has since returned to first team training at Melwood and a return to action is close. We will see what we'll do. It's fantastic that he's back, he's lost nothing.

And former Arsenal star Merson is tipping the home side to claim all three points when they host the Saints on Saturday, although he warned that it will not be an easy game.

The Brazilian wheeled away to the Kop end to celebrate with the adoring Liverpool supporters
The Brazilian wheeled away to the Kop end to celebrate with the adoring Liverpool supporters

The German coach said of the England full-back: "All specialists agreed we should try the conservative way, not with surgery, but it was agreed we had to go this way".

This weekend will also see eyes fixate on the performance of defender Virgil van Dijk, who Liverpool openly courted during the summer, but Pellegrino has said that the Dutch worldwide is focused on turning in a performance for his current side.

Pushed to comment on the matter, Klopp proved evasive.

The 29 year old had to miss the first three months of the season after sustaining a knock during the pre-season defeat against Atletico Madrid.

"What can I say?"

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