Liverpool's Klopp will not rush Salah back into action

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Despite the superb performance of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo during this week's Champion League game, Egypt and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah trounced the Portuguese star to win the UEFA player of the week in a live poll on the UEFA official website.

But the manager sounded a cautious note ahead of the lunchtime kick-off at Goodison Park, stressing the importance of timing.

"I can not make Mo available just because it is a derby", said Klopp.

"Conor was last year in the U-18s and is in his first year with the U-23s - (he is) still a very young lad".

"We have a hard situation, everybody knows that", said Klopp.

"Probably the boys want to do it but that's a proper challenge then".

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Another said: "Salah just apologised to Laporte for giving him the toughest 45 minutes of his life".

"Nothing good without a little bit of bad since I'm here", lamented Klopp.

Klopp has a raft of injuries to contend with as Emre Can has not recovered from a back problem which has sidelined him since before the worldwide break while fellow midfielders Adam Lallana and Ben Woodburn and defenders Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are all out.

"The only way to work in this job is to be focused on the next game and that is Everton".

"The derby is the most important game for the people so that is how we take it".

Salah would re-emerge on the bench for the closing stages to watch his side confirm their 3-0 first leg victory over Manchester City, which puts them firmly in pole position to reach their first Champions League semi-final since 2008. I don't think it is really serious and he can be available for Tuesday but for today he wasn't available.

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