Over the weekend, news Liverpool’s squad was 100% fit provided a boost a week ahead of the Reds’ return to action against Everton on Sunday as the Premier League attempts to finish up the 2019-20 season.
However, over the past few days whispers about players missing training sessions—most notably Mohamed Salah—raised concerns that Jürgen Klopp’s squad might not be quite as fit and ready to go as had been reported.
“We had the normal things, I would say, after a long break,” Klopp said when asked about the status of Salah and the rest of the Liverpool squad. “It was just that we trained and things can happen.
“We played as well [against Blackburn] and things can happen. In the moment, nobody really is ruled out. A few trained more, a few trained less, so that’s good news and in the end we will have a good team on the pitch.”
Any issues, then, appear to be of the pre-season or early season variety, with players working their way back to full match fitness at different rates—hardly a surprise given a three month layoff.
For many players, this will be the longest they’ve gone without playing a competitive match in their careers, and even having worked to stay fit while the games were on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be issues.
There are, though, no serious issues. At least as Klopp and the coaching and medical staff see it. Which is further good news with Liverpool football finally on the horizon again and a Merseyside Derby on the way.