It is yet to be decided whether the Red Devils defender will be ready for their Sunday clash or not, revealed Klopp.
manager, Jurgen Klopp,Joel Matip
, who has been out of the pitch since December, will be assessed for fitness before deciding whether he’ll take part in their match againstManchester United
Though the defender has returned to the Reds training sessions,
is yet to give a definite answer about the player’s return.
"Joel is close. Does it now make sense to throw him into a game with one or two sessions, which he didn't do yet, but today and tomorrow he might be involved?”
"To bring him [in], I don't know. We have to see, we have to decide, we have to look at him and how he will train, how he looks in training and these kind of things, but we still have different solutions.”
"Hendo is very important in midfield for us as well, so we just have to see. It's not decided yet, why should I?"
Klopp later talked aboutNaby Keita
confirming the player will not take part in their Sunday clash.
"Naby is not ready for involvement. It's not a big thing; it's a little bit like with other players in the past when they came back from injuries and then because of the amount of games and situation in the squad they had to play.”
"Then a little injury happened again. Now we just had to put on the brake and say, 'let's settle it properly.' In the moment we have alternatives in midfield, so we really try to give him all the time he needs to get 100 per cent fit. That's the situation, so no, he is not in contention for Sunday."