Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out Mohammed Salah and Philip Salah from his squad to face Everton in their FA Cup third round clash at Anfield on Friday but hints that a final decision will be made on his record signing Virgil Van Dijk.
“Mo and Phil are not big injuries, only a week. We were quite lucky. When they are back, you think thank God, that was lucky,” Klopp said during his pre-match conference on Thursday.
“Moreno played a fantastic season so far. Each situation is a chance for somebody else. With Virgil it’s different, I have to make a decision for this game, it’s not finally done. It’s clear centre-half is a position you need to be intuned to the team.
“Everybody is desperate to see him on the pitch, but from out point of view, there’s no rush. It’s how many good games he plays, not how many. We have to wait a little bit for the updates on each position.
“The line-up will be a line-up that shows all the respect we have for the FA Cup. Some people said I don’t respect the cup competitions enough, but that’s not true, so maybe we need to make it more obvious.
Klopp, whose side are on an unbeaten streak of 16 games in all competitions played an entralling 1-1 draw against Everton in the English Premier League at Anfield last month, also revealed that Lloris Kairus will start in goal for the Reds in the encounter.
Bolasie was out for eight months due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
“Loris will start. Wardy is up, Simon has a little break. The plan for Wardy is when I speak to him, not to the press. “They (Everton) changed already, Sam is not long enough yet. Apart from our game, in all the other games they had more offensive actions. I don’t know why, it’s not long enough to judge it.
“They are looking for the chances and to score a goal. It’s not important what Everton are doing. We have to influence it with what we are doing. We will have more possession, if they had more it would be a surprise. They are a counter-attacking threat, Bolasie is back, that’s a big boost for them. They can make a few changes, they were in a good run in the league before the last two games.
“It’s isolated from the season, more opportunity than pressure. There are no real favourites, you have to be ready, to play at Anfield is a big boost for us. Style of play of Everton depends on what we do 100 percent.
The German coach also admits that he is under pressure to win a trophy at the end of the season though he is not feeling the heat just yet.
“I have pressure to win trophies, but I don’t feel it. It’s a fact. We are capable of winning trophies in the first season, in the second season as well. In the cup competitions as well. We don’t waste opportunities, we want to be as successful as possible.
“We are really spot on. We really want to go, we know about the importance. Our opponents have similar targets.It’s disrespectful [to talk about winning trophies before the first round]. We will try everything to go to the next round.
“Very important [to win a trophy], but it’s not in my hands. We have to be as successful as possible.We try to be more unpredictable, more of a goal threat, defending better.
“In this cup competition, only top teams around. We have to be ready. You can’t dream every day, the dream of winning silverware is a given thing. We know how desperate our supporters are. We are as greedy as they all are, but we have to prove it on the pitch. If we go through, another top team will wait.
“It doesn’t help if you make it too big in front of the game. You shouldn’t feel the pressure all the time. We have to use the quality of the squad and be successful in the end. We are in a good way but we need to prove it every day.
On the impending move of Philip Coutinho away from Anfield, Klopp said: “It’s not my cup of tea. It’s harsh, but I’m not interested. Really nothing to say. It’s 80 percent of the cameras for these answers, it’s a waste of time.
“You write stories anyway, I have nothing to say about Coutinho. It’s a transfer window, that’s all. I opened the door half-way, but there’s nothing to say. It would not help me or the player, or the club.”