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Klopp says Salah is doubtful for Champions League tie against Man City

Klopp says Salah is doubtful for Champions League tie against Man City

- Klopp says he does not know if Salah will feature against City in the Champions League

- The Liverpool striker was on song in their 3-0 victory at Anfield last Wednesday

- Salah missed the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park at the weekend

Jurgen Klopp has disclosed he does not know if Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah will be fit to play in the Champions League second-leg against Manchester City.

The 25-year-old picked up an injury in the first-leg after a thumping 3-0 win but failed to feature in the 0-0 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

However, the German coach claimed the Egyptian striker is already back in training and will make a decision over whether he will start on Tuesday.

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When asked if Salah would play on Tuesday night, Klopp replied: "I'm not 100 per cent sure.

"He was training yesterday and now I am here. At 5pm we are training at Melwood and we will see.

"Then we have to wait for the reaction tomorrow and we will make a decision."

Despite a commanding 3-0 lead from the Anfield clash, Klopp added he will not change his approach for the second-leg at Etihad.

When asked if Liverpool were favourites, the German chief said: "I am not interested in these kinds of labels.

"It is common sense to say when we play in the Champions League against the Premier League leaders you are not the favourite.

"There is still a lot of work to do. It is all about going into the next round."

The former Dortmund gaffer added he does not believe Pep Guardiola's side are struggling, despite a tough week losing 3-0 in midweek, then throwing away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 against Manchester United.

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When asked if City are vulnerable, the Reds boss claimed: "No, I didn’t think anything like that.

"When we lost here 5-0 at the start of the season, everybody saw the quality of City even when we were one man down.

"[They have] the best coach in the world. It is clear they would be outstanding but there is no perfect football team in the world.

"I knew before they could concede goals and we can concede goals and lose.

"It is a tough moment for all teams in football, for us as well... we won the first leg and then we had to go to Everton. It was not easy.

"I don’t think Barcelona thinks they are already through against Roma because that is football, you have always the chance to respond and to strike back.

"City has the chance too. We have the chance to win the game.

"Most of the people think Liverpool will go through but will lose the game. We have the chance to win."

Liverpool have 67 points, level in third position with Tottenham as they continue their quest to play Champions League football next season.

But they are aiming for a Champions League win, a repeat of their fary tale story in Istanbul, after winning it in 2005.

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