Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp remains in the dark over when goalkeeper Alisson will return from injury.
The Brazilian, who has excelled for the Reds since his £67m move from Roma last July, was forced off with a calf complaint during the first Premier League game of the season against Norwich last month.
Klopp remains hopeful his no.1 goalkeeper could return after next month’s international break, but says he won’t be putting any pressure on the 26-year-old to rush back.
“He’s improving but we cannot put any pressure on it,” the German said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Newcastle.
“It was a really serious injury in the calf and it’s now much better. That’s good for us and good for him but we don’t know exactly.
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“The target was always after the next international break he could be ready but we don’t know.
Hopefully everything will be fine for the rest of the season, that’s the plan.”
Klopp also discussed other injury news, the visit of Newcastle to Anfield, and the state of Napoli’s stadium ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash during his press conference.
You can read all the key talking points, below…
Klopp on Naby Keita’s injury
“Naby is close. He could be in training when we come back from Napoli next week.”
Klopp on ‘very difficult’ Newcastle test
“Off season it was really difficult with Rafa leaving. For Steve for sure it is a difficult job. He has done fantastic so far – close games and good results as well.
“(They’re) very difficult to play. They kept pretty much the same style as last year.
“I think 24/25 per cent possession at Tottenham but always really good, scored a wonderful goal, defended with a big heart and good organisation.
“That’s what we had to prepare for and that’s what we did. It will not be easy.”
Klopp on the Napoli changing room farce
“I trust UEFA enough to think that they will sort something and we will have a shower and a space where we can change. I hope it will be organised like this but I don’t know.
“I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. If it would look like it looked on a few pictures we saw, that would be not too cool, but, as long as the pitch is still there and all the rest as well then we could play.
“We cannot change it so we only go there and accept the circumstances and go out and play football.”
Klopp on squad morale
“We have to make sure we have a wonderful atmosphere in the group. We work hard for that and we try to keep that. We just try to improve all the time.
“This club is wonderful and it’s just the atmosphere hasn’t always been like this. The players like each other a lot.”
Klopp on Liverpool’s incredible home record in the Premier League
“We don’t think about [the home record]. We know as well, records are there to be broken.
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“Each team could have done it but we were mostly better and deserved it. Only thing I’m concerned about is how we can be in a better mood and shape than Arsenal. That was a high level.
“We have to make sure they day [the record ends] is far away in the future. We can only give everything tomorrow. We have a chance to win, so we must do it.”
Klopp on Salah and Mane resting over the international break
“It was perfect they didn’t have to go on international. I am happy for them to play for them but I say 500 times, the players who didn’t go, everything is different. A very intense period.
“Sadio and Mo have had time off they needed. They are refreshed that’s how it is and hopefully we can use that.”
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