Jurgen Klopp says Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson are both “ready to play” for Liverpool ahead of their Champions League match with Porto.
The German boss will try to spare as many of his senior players as he can from the Champions League dead rubber at Anfield.
His side are already qualified as group winners with two matches to spare but with injuries still significantly affecting his squad, he admits he will prioritise their welfare over playing a full-strength side.
Jordan Henderson was only fit enough for a substitute role against Arsenal on Saturday after returning from England duty with a minor problem, while left-back Andy Robertson was left out entirely after injury with Scotland.
But Klopp insists they are now both fit enough to face the Portuguese side, who they have hammered 5-1 already this season.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Klopp said: “We always respect the competition but we have to think about ourselves, our schedule and the situation of our players first.
“Hendo, we’ll see, yesterday (Monday) I would say he was not 100 per cent, so he could play and do pretty much everything, but it’s about really being 100 per cent fit.
“So I thought, when he came on against Arsenal, it was just to see it out it and control it a little bit and that was exactly what he had to do from a rehab point of view, so he used these few minutes. But now we have to see, I don’t know exactly 100 per cent.
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“Robbo is similar. They are both OK, but are both now ready to play and ready to start with the schedule and the [amount of] games coming up? Well, I have to make the decision to be honest and we haven’t made it yet, we will have to see.
“It is how we all know at this period of the season, the medical department has a big hand in the line-ups. We will see that.”
Klopp was asked about Manchester United’s search for a new manager but the German claims he was too unprepared to answer the question.
On the challenge facing the new United boss, Klopp told reporters: “I’m not prepared for that question, haven’t thought about Man United for a second. Sorry.”