Jurgen Klopp provides fresh Mohamed Salah fitness update

Liverpool are back in Europa League action on Thursday evening as they host Sparta Prague in a last-16 clash.

The Reds secured a 5-1 win in the first leg and are expected to pick up another comfortable win on Thursday at Anfield. Back Liverpool to beat Sparta Prague at 3/10 with bet365.

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Mohamed Salah fitness update

Ahead of the tie, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has provided a fitness update on Mohamed Salah.

Salah has been missing for Liverpool during much of 2024 so far due to international commitments and injury.

However, the winger his comeback with a late cameo in the 5-1 win over Sparta Prague last week in the first leg. He then came off the bench shortly after the hour mark in the 1-1 Premier League draw at home to Manchester City on Sunday, and may now be given an extended run-out in the second leg this evening.

“I am not sure he is ready for 90 minutes or that we should do 90 minutes but he is ready to start,” said Klopp. “He would’ve been ready to start the last game but you don’t know how long does it makes sense.

“It is always the problem when players come back. I can’t remember a game where I though, ‘Ah, Mo Salah cannot play, no problem’ – it has never happened so it is not cool not to have him.

“But there was a game on last Sunday (against City) and there are 10 more Premier League games and hopefully a lot more cup and European games, so they are as important. Mo is completely fine with that. Would he would have loved to play a bit longer? Probably, yes. It wouldn’t have been impossible playing longer. It is super-important you build up Mo but in this game, changing at half-time was not necessary or possible as we have to deal with changes pretty carefully.

“We all know Mo usually can play game after game after game. Now he was out for a surprisingly long time but now he is back and we have to make sure we can count on him consistently again.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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