But Klopp should be buoyed by the return of his top scorer for Sunday’s Premier League meeting with leaders City.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Salah is set to report for training at Melwood on Tuesday, after a short break with the rest of the squad in Dubai.
They report that following a groin injury “he has responded well to treatment, and as it stands is in line to be available at the weekend.”
Following Philippe Coutinho‘s £142 million move to Barcelona this month, Salah’s return will be key to Liverpool’s hopes.
Salah was awarded the Reds’ Goal of the Month award for December on Tuesday for his stunning effort in the season’s first clash with Everton, and his tally now stands at 23.
Klopp rotated his squad carefully throughout a busy festive run, but despite this Salah started every game last month, likely leading to his injury.
Now, he will hopefully hit the ground running once again, with Liverpool eager to take revenge for September’s 5-0 mauling at the hands of City.
They are 18 points ahead of Liverpool, who are currently fourth, but Klopp maintains that prior to Mane’s red card at the Etihad last year his side were well in the race.
With Salah likely restored alongside Mane and Firmino on Sunday, the Reds could stand a chance of becoming the first side to defeat City in the English top flight this campaign.