Jurgen Klopp says it now looks as if Mohamed Salah will be available for Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal on Wednesday.
Mohamed Salah was forced off in the 65th minute against Brighton on Saturday with an injury, but Jurgen Klopp is now suggesting the winger could well be available again by Wednesday.
“Mo is a tough cookie,” Klopp said. “We were quite happy and lucky. [Initially, his foot was] swollen, painful, today less so. Now we get the message before the presser he’s ready to train. We’ll see how that looks.”
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.
The forward has only missed two Premier League games this season, both due to AFCON.
Klopp said at the weekend that whilst Salah is optimistic, they didn’t know the severity yet.
“We will see,” Klopp said on Saturday. “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 is back, but James Milner and Kostas Tsimikas are absent through illness.
After Klopp’s comments about Covid cases in the camp last week, Covid infections seem a reasonable assumption for the two of them.
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.
So whether or not he’s available, Mikel Arteta’s side face one of their biggest tests.