Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Virgil van Dijk is '100%' fit for Liverpool's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday, but revealed that a final decision on Mohamed Salah's fitness would be made at a later date.
The Reds head into the upcoming round of league fixtures in a commanding position, having won 11 and drawn once in their 12 top-flight clashes and holding an eight-point advantage over nearest challengers Leicester City.
During the latest international break, a whole host of Liverpool players were in action for their respective countries, something that could have a bearing on their involvement at Selhurst Park. Klopp touched on the matter during his pre-match press conference, but insisted he has no concerns over whether star centre-back Van Dijk can play a part.
“In the moment, yes, Virgil is 100 per cent available," he said, via the club's official website. “From the others, I cannot say 100 per cent, I don’t know 100 per cent. Today is a very important session to judge that, especially with the players who came back late.
“Fabinho and Bobby and Ali played on Tuesday, Gini Wijnaldum played on Tuesday, so we have these players where we really need to have a look at how they react and what makes sense for them or not.
“It’s always how it is with the first game after the international [break], we have to wait until the last second pretty much to make the decision. Nobody came back with a serious injury or something like that but we still have to look how they are.”
One member of his squad who played no part during the international fixtures was Salah, who didn't travel to meet up with the rest of the Egypt squad as he continues to recover from an ankle issue. He is back training with the rest of his Liverpool teammates, however, and Klopp said a decision will be made in due course whether he can feature in south London or not.
“Yesterday he trained. He trained the whole time since he was here, but only the things we wanted him to do," he added. "Today is another important session to see how it looks and we can make the decision. It’s not that it got worse but it’s still kind of there, that’s the problem. We have to be sensible with things like this.
"But I didn’t make the decision. If I would have made a decision, I probably wouldn’t have told you now, but it’s true I have to see the session today.”