Jurgen Klopp is waiting to see how things progress with Mohamed Salah after his recent injury left his participation against Arsenal in doubt.
Mohamed Salah has been a consistent presence in the Liverpool team this season, and he’s widely considered to be the best player in the league right now.
Salah has only missed two Premier League games this season, both due to AFCON, but he’s an injury doubt for Wednesday’s clash with Arsenal.
The winger was forced off in the 65th minute against Brighton on Saturday, and Jurgen Klopp admitted afterwards that whilst Salah is optimistic, they don’t know the severity yet.
“We will see,” Klopp said. “He thinks it’s not serious but you can see when Mo Salah is sitting down then something is not 100 percent right.
“I think it was the situation before when he hit the ball and got blocked – he wanted to shoot and got blocked and I think the foot got slightly overstretched. We have to see.”
In other Liverpool team news, Ibrahima Konate has been absent from training and matches recently, with no official explanation given.
After Klopp’s comments about Covid cases in the camp last week, an infection seems a reasonable assumption. If that’s the case, he could well be back before Wednesday.
It’s fair to say that Arsenal haven’t fared much better against Salah’s alternatives than Salah himself recently, with Diogo Jota scoring both goals in the League Cup semi-final earlier this year.
Even if Salah is absent, Liverpool will still be favourites. But there is inevitably a psychological boost associated with the opposition’s best player pulling out at the last minute.