Both Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk both went off injured during Liverpool’s FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening.
With two weeks to go for the Champions League final against Real Madrid, Liverpool fans were worried that two of their team’s pivot players may miss out.
However, Jurgen Klopp was optimistic after the penalty shootout victory against Chelsea that both Salah and Van Dijk will have recovered in time to feature in the Champions League final in Paris on Monday 28.
The German tactician made clear that neither Salah nor Van Dijk will be at his disposal for Tuesday’s duel against Southampton, but he expects them to be available for Sunday’s match against Wolves.
“No. Virgil definitely not,” Klopp replied in Monday’s press conference when he was asked if this two stars would feature against Southampton.
“That was pretty much clear before the game already. We thought this was the game [to rest him] because he played really a lot. Saturday-Tuesday again was clear.
“They are both OK. The target for both would be that they could be involved again at the weekend. Properly involved. On the bench and on for a few minutes or start – we will see with that because that would be perfect for the [Real Madrid] game.
“If not, we take each day afterwards. It is very positive and we have no doubt about the Champions League final but we are pretty realistic about the Wolves game. But tomorrow [Tuesday], not.