Liverpool fans were given a fresh injury headache on Monday as it emerged Virgil van Dijk had not trained with his team-mates ahead of the Champions League clash with Barcelona.
The Reds welcome Barca to Anfield on Tuesday evening, hoping to overturn a three-goal deficit and progress to a successive Champions League final.
Jurgen Klopp will be without star forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, however, and there has been concern over the fitness of Van Dijk after he missed the team’s final training session before the Barcelona match.
Dutch defender Van Dijk, last month named the PFA Player of the Year, has been struggling with a foot problem over the last few weeks.
But a Liverpool spokesperson has suggested Van Dijk only missed Monday’s open training because he was instead undertaking an individual, tailored session, meaning he could still start on Tuesday. The Daily Mirror say Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s absence can also be explained the same way.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, Klopp said: ‘It is a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer. ‘If not, these are the last two home games of an incredible season, and I think we should celebrate that with a good performance on the pitch and a very, very good performance in the stands.
‘That would be really nice. The approach we will take is that we try to win the game, if that makes sense. You only can deal with it step by step. We don’t have to score three in the first 10 minutes.
‘The last five minutes are enough to score three if it is still 0-0. Let’s give it a try with all we have. That is what we have always done and we will do again.’
On Salah’s absence, Klopp added: ‘He is desperate, but we cannot do it. ‘It is a concussion and that means he will not even be allowed to play. He feels OK but that is not good enough from a medical point of view.’