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Soccer-Liverpool won’t take risks with Salah despite Golden Boot race

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said he would like to call upon Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho for Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers but added he was unsure if they would be fit in time.

Liverpool need to beat Wolves at Anfield on the final day and hope Manchester City drop points against Aston Villa to clinch a second league title in three seasons.

Salah and Van Dijk missed the midweek win at Southampton due to injuries sustained in last week’s FA Cup final against Chelsea while Fabinho suffered a muscle problem against Villa earlier this month.

“It looks good but the boys make steps and we will see,” Klopp told reporters on Friday. “My preferred solution would be that they all could play at the weekend for rhythm reasons… but if not, then we take it from there. I cannot say 100%.

“I actually understand 100% (Salah’s) goalscoring battle with Son Heung-min but we have no chance that we take any risks. But Mo doesn’t want to take any risks, there is no doubt about that.”

Salah leads the golden boot race with 22 goals, one more than Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean forward Son who will come up against relegated Norwich City on Sunday.

Klopp confirmed that Divock Origi will leave the club after eight years and paid tribute to the Belgium striker who has become a cult figure at Liverpool after scoring a number of crucial goals.

“I expect Div to get a special farewell. For me, he will always be a Liverpool legend and it has been a joy to work with him,” said the German.

“He’s one of the most important players I ever had. Wherever he will go he will be successful, 100%.”

Liverpool, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28, have already won the two domestic Cups and Klopp said their campaign would qualify as a success regardless of what happens against Wolves.

“It’s been tough but great, a joy to be part of this season. It’s exceptional this group… we have so many reasons to celebrate.”

(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; editing by Martyn Herman)

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