BRIGHTON — Mohamed Salah scored a penalty kick for Liverpool at Brighton, but it looked like his 20th Premier League goal of the season may have come at a cost as ‘Salah injury’ is not something Jurgen Klopp will want to see all over the headlines.
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However, the latest update is a little more positive.
Salah, 29, pulled up shortly after scoring Liverpool’s second goal in a 2-0 win, and didn’t appear to be moving freely as he went down on the halfway line and the medical staff came on. The Egyptian superstar was replaced by Diogo Jota with 25 minutes to go.
And as Salah walked to the sidelines, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had a chat with him and Salah pointed to his lower leg. Klopp confirmed that Salah actually injured his leg just before he scored.
Speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal, Klopp said it ‘looks like’ Salah will be available to play at the Emirates Stadium.
“Mo is a tough cookie and he was only a little bit cut, we were quite lucky with it. It was swollen, painful, yesterday a little less swollen, less painful,” Klopp said. “Now I got the message before the press conference that Mo is ready to train and we will see how that looks.”
Speaking after the game at Brighton, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Salah is not ‘100 percent right’ and he didn’t seem as optimistic as Salah was about the severity of the injury.
“He thinks it is not serious but when Mohamed Salah is sitting you can see it is not 100 percent right. We have to see,” Klopp told BT Sport. “He thinks it’s from when he hit the ball and he got blocked and his foot got stretched.”
Klopp gave a further Salah injury update when speaking to the written media after the game at the Amex, and we were on-site to report the latest.” “He got blocked before the penalty,” Klopp explained. “He stretched his foot slightly. He felt it a little bit higher on the knee. He is not concerned. Not sure what it is exactly. He thinks it will be fine. He felt something and you could see he couldn’t walk properly.”
Dilemma for Liverpool
Liverpool will continue to assess Salah’s fitness in the coming days, but they will not take any risks with the Egyptian superstar.
It looks like he will travel with the squad for their game at Arsenal on Wednesday in the Premier League and they then face Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup next weekend.
Klopp has a tricky decision on whether or not he wants to risk Salah before the international break, where he will play for Egypt in the huge World Cup playoff qualifiers against Senegal