Liverpool to wait on Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane fitness for Huddersfield

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Klopp labelled UEFA's new tournament as "the most senseless competition in world football" recently, claiming that an accumulation of competitive encounters will only result in a higher risk of injury.

Liverpool said on Wednesday that forward Sadio Mane had undergone successful surgery on a hand injury he sustained while on global duty with Senegal.

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"The Nations League itself is a good idea? No one is interested".

Huddersfield manager David Wagner does not think Liverpool's injury crisis is as severe as Jurgen Klopp has let on, saying he expects to face a almost full-strength squad Saturday.

Keita, who has featured in all eight league matches for the club so far, went off with a muscle problem in Guinea's 1-1 draw with Rwanda on Tuesday.

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Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and James Milner are the players in question so we'll have to wait and see how many are declared fit to face Huddersfield tomorrow.

Asked if he had a fitness update, Klopp told his pre-match press conference: "Not really".

"We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we'll have to see how they've reacted after that".

Liverpool are still assessing Mane's condition after he underwent an operation on his fractured left thumb, sustained during Senegal's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Sudan. The Terriers have not looked much like the side that impressed in last season's return to the Premier League.

"He will play first-team football for Liverpool again and that is the best news. There will be an outstanding atmosphere and we need to be ready", Klopp said.

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