Jurgen Klopp insists Thiago Alcantara and Sadio Mane ‘both look really good’ after recovering from Covid-19 as duo prepare for Merseyside derby return
- Liverpool travel to Goodison Park on Saturday to face their city rivals Everton
- Jurgen Klopp’s side are looking to bounce back from a 7-2 thrashing at Villa Park
- The Liverpool boss has confirmed both Thiago and Sadio Mane will return
- Both players have returned to full health and fitness after positive Covid-19 tests
Everton have made a blistering start to the season under Carlo Ancelotti, and sit top of the table after winning every game so far.
Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara are set to return for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby
Jurgen Klopp has talked up the recovery of his star players, who have not suffered from fatigue
Speaking during his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp confirmed Thiago and Mane have had multiple days to get back to the top level, and have not been hindered with the symptom of excess fatigue which can follow Covid-19 contraction.
‘They are ready since five or six days ago in training,’ said Klopp.
‘Of course we assess that [fatigue] every day and we have our specific measurements.
‘We can measure if more they are fatigued than usual but both look really good to be honest.
‘We would never risk people like this. We tried to be as sensible as possible.’
Klopp has spent the past week showering praise on his Merseyside opponents, commending the work done by Carlo Ancelotti in making Everton a force to be reckoned with.
Klopp knows the eyes of the football world are on his side after their horror show at Aston Villa
Liverpool capitulated at Villa Park and conceded seven goals to Dean Smith’s side
He added: ‘You don’t need to be a manager to see that, it’s clear they did good business and Carlo is a sensational manager.
‘It’s clear when he has time to build something he will do that, this team looks really good, I would like to say different but that’s not possible. So many teams did good business which made real sense and they all will improve.’
For the Toffees the match will mark a decade since they last won a domestic derby, though Klopp insists this statistic has never once been on the mind of his players during his tenure at Anfield.
When asked whether the record will matter heading into Saturday’s lunchtime clash, Klopp responded: ‘Not at all. Ten years for them, of course my point of view long may it continue but we’ve never thought about it once, never think “ah they don’t win anyway”, it’s hard work tomorrow for us.’