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Klopp confirms Salah in contention to return against Atalanta

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah is in contention to make a return against Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Egyptian international tested positive for coronavirus last week while away on international duty and was forced to sit out the Reds’ excellent 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday.

Goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, as well as a Jonny Evans own goal, saw Klopp’s men ease past their potential title challengers, with the in-form Salah’s absence doing little to quell their attacking superiority.

The champions are already without a number of key men due to injury, including the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, leaving the Liverpool boss with a depleted side heading into their midweek European fixture against Atalanta.

Fortunately for Klopp and co, however, Salah is once again available for the visit of the Serie A side, with the German revealing that the 28-year-old forward looked really good in training returning a negative test result.

“Mo trained and looked really good, a negative test like the rest.” he said at his pre-match press conference.

”He is available. We have to see what we can do with that.”

The Reds last meeting with Gian Piero Gasperini’s side saw them put in a superb display, with summer signing Jota grabbing a hat-trick as Liverpool ran out 5-0 winners. Despite that convincing result on matchday three, Klopp’s men will surely not be complacent, with the former Borussia Dortmund manager keen to emphasise the quality of their Italian opponents.

“They are a threat [even] without a point to prove,” he said of Liverpool’s opponents.

”We were exceptional [in Italy]. We did everything right. It all came together. We know that game has nothing to do with tomorrow.

”They’re a top team with a special way to play. I expect problems in this game.”

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