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Salah ‘full of power’ for Champions League final, says Klopp

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boss has confirmed that will be ready for the Champions League final which coincides with the month of Ramadan.

Ramadan, a month when Muslims abstain from eating or drinking during daylight hours, started on May 17 and is due to end on June 14, which means it coincides with the Champions League final set to be held between Real Madrid and Liverpool in Kiev on Saturday.

Several reports have discussed over the past few weeks the effect fasting could have on Salah’s physical condition in the upcoming game. When asked about Salah readiness for the game, Klopp said: “Religion is private but all is fine. He’s full of power.”

Liverpool’s physiotherapist revealed earlier on Friday that the Egypt international will not fast in the build-up to the final, saying he’ll break his fast on Friday and Saturday.

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The 50-year-old manager also spoke about Salah’s chances of winning the 2018 Ballon d’Or after the 25-year-old was compared by many pundits to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

“Messi and Ronaldo deserve their praise and all the things they’ve won. For years they were on that level and now are 30-something but still on that level.

“If Mo can do that, we will see. He has fantastic potential. There is one more game to go but the season was outstanding. The next few seasons will show if he can do something similar.

“These two [Messi and Ronaldo] are the most consistent players on the highest level in the last 10 years, maybe longer – 12 or 13 years. That makes them really special. Mo had a good start and we will see what will happen in the next few years,” he added.

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