Jurgen Klopp has provided an injury update on Mohamed Salah ahead of Liverpool’s back-to-back games against Chelsea and Arsenal this week.
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Salah picked up a hamstring problem on international duty for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations, which saw him leave the tournament early to focus on recovery.
The 31-year-old has registered 14 goals and eight assists across 20 Premier League games for Liverpool so far this season with Klopp’s side top of the table.
But Klopp has confirmed that Salah is set to miss Wednesday’s home clash against Chelsea as well as the trip to Arsenal on Sunday in what is a blow for Liverpool.
Quizzed about his star player in Tuesday’s press conference, Klopp said: ‘There was no pressure on him [to return] other than wanting to get fit as quickly as possible anyway.
‘We don’t rush. If you could rush the healing process, Thiago wouldn’t be out for 10 months.
‘Mo is not ready. Out for this game, out for the next. It could have been worse but he is not available at the moment.’
Salah could possibly make his return when Liverpool host Burnley on February 10.
His decision to fly back to Anfield for treatment was criticised – with Pharaohs legend Ahmed Hassen accusing Salah of ‘plotting his departure’ from AFCON.
That saw Klopp leap to Salah’s defence, with the Liverpool boss insisting his player is ‘the most loyal Egyptian’ he has ever met.