London - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels "really good" despite having
been admitted to hospital earlier this week, he said on Friday.
underwent checks before being discharged on Wednesday and returned to
work on Thursday. He is set to be in the dug-out when Liverpool host
Southampton on Saturday.
It was the German's second visit to a
British hospital following an operation to have his appendix removed in
February last year.
"I feel really good," Klopp told a press conference at Liverpool's Melwood training ground.
"I am 50 now. Maybe I need to get used to it, but I've been twice already in a British hospital.
"The NHS (National Health Service) is not as bad as you think. I am not ill, which is kind of good news."
Klopp said he had not enjoyed the fuss his celebrity caused in the hospital.
"It was not a marketing thing," he said. "I had people shouting, 'Klopp is in hospital, did you see him?'"
Liverpool are fifth in the Premier League, 12 points below leaders Manchester City, ahead of Southampton's visit to Anfield.
Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk will make his first appearance
against Liverpool since the Merseyside club's unsuccessful attempt to
sign him during the close season.
Liverpool had to withdraw their
interest after Southampton threatened to report them to the Premier
League for making an illegal approach.
But the clubs have since
made attempts to repair their relationship and Saints manager Mauricio
Pellegrino has given Liverpool encouragement by saying he cannot
guarantee Van Dijk will not leave in January.
if Van Dijk should expect a difficult afternoon, Klopp replied: "You
really expect an answer? What happened in the summer? There is
absolutely nothing to say on that.
"It should be difficult for every player to come to Liverpool. Hopefully it is a difficult time (for Van Dijk)."
have signed Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne and
Rickie Lambert from Southampton since the Saints returned to the
Premier League in 2012 and Klopp said there was a "special relationship"
between the clubs.
Lallana is nearing a comeback from a thigh
injury, but Klopp said he would be careful to ease the England
international back into action.
"There is no rush even when everyone who knows Adam can imagine how ready he is to be part of the squad again," said Klopp.
is a fantastic player, but we want to have him for the season. The next
few weeks we have games every three days and we will need him for that.
"This is the moment the player wants to be back immediately and I have to be the bad guy and say, 'Not today, maybe tomorrow.'
that is not too nice, but I'm doing it for him and for the club. We
will use him for sure, but bringing him for 90 minutes is not a good
idea and will not happen."
Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has
overcome a thigh problem that kept him out of action for England during
the international break.
Forward Mane will undergo a late fitness
test after reporting a slight hamstring problem following his return
from international duty with Senegal.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:00 SA time.