Jurgen Klopp reveals Mohamed Salah will return to Liverpool early from AFCON after injury | Football

Mohamed Salah is returning to Liverpool for treatement (Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Mohamed Salah will return to Liverpool for treatment after suffering a hamstring injury during the Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah was forced off in the first half of Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana in their Group B opener on Thursday.

The Egyptian FA has moved to play down the severity of Salah’s injury but the Liverpool forward has already been ruled out of his nation’s remaining two fixtures in Group B against Cape Verde and Burkina Faso.

Klopp says the plan is for Salah to return to Liverpool for treatment and insists the club are open to letting the 31-year-old return to AFCON if he is fit and Egypt are still in the tournament.

‘That’s the plan, if that’s already decided 100 per cent, I don’t know but that’s the plan,’ Klopp said after Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Bournemouth on Sunday.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah receives medical treatment during the African Cup of Nations Group B soccer match between Egypt and Ghana

Mohamed Salah suffered a hamstring injury during Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana on Thursday (AP)

‘However long he’s out, I think, probably everyone sees this, it makes sense that he does rehab with us or our people, that’s the plan. If that’s written in stone already, I don’t know.’

Asked if he has spoken to Salah, Klopp replied: ‘Yes, directly after but since the night it happened he’s in contact our doctor and the doc tells me the news. I think he will be back.’

When asked if Salah will be allowed to return to the Africa Cup of Nations if Egypt progress in the tournament, Klopp said: ‘I’m not a doctor, I would say if he’s fit before, if Egypt qualify for the final and he’s fit before the final, probably yes. Why not, it’s clear, that’s the tournament.

‘But now it’s about, Ivory Coast I’m sure is a wonderful country but it’s probably better now for players, we have no people from us there, and their people have to take care of the players who are playing.’

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