Jurgen Klopp responds to Mo Salah’s Liverpool contract admission and provides huge Harvey Elliot update

Jurgen Klopp speaks ahead of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup first leg against Arsenal at Anfield on Thursday (19.45)

Here are the main talking points from the Reds boss’ press conference.

Response to Salah interview

Mo Salah recently gave an interview to GQ and discussed his Anfield future.

The winger is out of contract in the summer of 2023 and remains locked in negotiations.

Klopp insisted the Egypt international did not say anything that wasn’t expected.

“First of all, I think it’s dangerous with interviews when you didn’t speak to the player himself,” said Klopp

“There’s nothing unexpected. I know Mo wants to stay, we want to stay. That’s where we are, these things take time.

“I think it’s all in a good place. Nothing more to say.

“I am very positive about it but I don’t think it makes sense you speak on behalf of the fans because I’m pretty sure the fans aren’t as nervous as you are.

“They know the club and people have been dealing with things for pretty long so I think there are enough reasons to be positive.

“As long as it’s not done, we can’t say anything about it but good conversations. That’s what I can say.”

Injury update

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker have both been self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19.

However, both have returned to training - although Thiago Alcantara (calf) and Divock Origi are still sidelined.

Klopp said: “Trent and Ali trained yesterday.

“Div and Thiago not. That’s it pretty much. Pretty much all players apart from the injured ones or playing at AFCON are available.

“Robo got a little knock in the Shrewsbury game but is fine. The rest are available.”

Big Elliott news

There was also a key update on Harvey Elliott.

The creative midfielder has been sidelined since September when dislocating his ankle at Leeds.

However, Elliott will soon return to team training as he steps up his rehab.

Klopp said: “Harvey Elliott looks really promising out on the pitch.

“He didn’t train with the team yet but I don’t think we are not too far away from team training.

“What he is doing at the moment looks really good.”