Jurgen Klopp believes Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are”refreshed” after a much-needed rest during the international break.
The two Mane and Salah, on the rear of a long Liverpool season which didn’t end till their Champions League victory that is ultimate on June 1, had a hectic summer taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations, for both Senegal and Egypt respectively.
Mane moved all the way to the closing, meaning he reported back to training with Liverpool five times before the beginning of the new year.
Neither have suffered from a dip in form, with the set scoring seven league goals between them already, but using neither Egypt nor Senegal in activity in the latest round of international fixtures, Salah and Mane remained in Liverpool, with Klopp offering them the remainder he feels they deserved.
“It was ideal for the boys who did not have to go,” Klopp said. “I am happy for them to go and perform with their national team, it’s a significant honor.
“But I’ve said it 500 times, even if you find the boys who didn’t have to go this moment, for different reasons, then everything is different.
“To have five or six days off, they always train, however they do not need to be here and play with football sessions.
“We might have trained as there were five players , but Sadio and Mo would not have got the time off they had.
“We have yet another week with two matches, which is not simple, however we can’t change that.
“They are refreshed, that’s the way it is, and we can use that.”
There has been a boost from the pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game with Newcastle of Klopp, together with Klopp revealing goalkeeper Alisson’s situation has improved, however there isn’t any rush to bring back the back into the fold.
“Alisson is improving but we can not put any strain on him” Klopp added. “It was a severe injury from the calf but now it is far better. It is very good for us, good for him. We don’t know [the return date].
“The target was always after the next international break he is prepared but we do not understand. Hopefully everything will be OK for the remainder of the season.”