Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah on brink of picking up injury

The secret is out! Liverpool hit with disastrous Mohamed Salah injury scare
Mohamed Salah has been in sensational form (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he substituted Mohamed Salah against Everton because the winger injured himself during the game.

Liverpool fans and football pundits were bemused to watch Salah being hauled off with 23 minutes left to play, but Klopp has now admitted it was not a tactical switch.

The Reds face West Brom on Wednesday night with their hectic festive schedule now officially underway and will be desperate to play their top scorer as much as possible.

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But, Klopp admitted his star man was on the brink of picking up an injury.

‘I took Mo Salah off because he had a hamstring a little bit,’ Klopp revealed.

Mohamed Salah is swarmed by his Liverpool team-mates
(Picture: Getty)

Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

West Brom (H) – Wed 13 Dec
AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat Dec 17
Arsenal (A) – Fri Dec 22
Swansea City (H) – Tues Dec 26
Leicester City (H) – Sat Dec 30
Burnley (A) – Mon Jan 1
Man City – Sun Jan 14

Mohamed Salah comes off the pitch
(Picture: REUTERS)

‘Then everyone said ‘how can you take him off?’ and stuff like this. I don’t go out and say ‘yeah, but he is close to being injured.

‘He is not at the moment, thank God. Hopefully we took him off early enough.’

Klopp did not say whether Salah would play against West Brom, but it seems the winger will now be given a rest.

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Jurgen Klopp gives Salah a hug as he comes off
(Picture: REUTERS)

While the Liverpool boss has continually rotated this season, handing rests to Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmno, Salah has started 14 of the Reds’ 16 Premier League games and all their Champions League matches.

Salah has become Liverpool’s most influential player since joining in the summer and has already scored 19 goals from just 24 appearances, despite the fact he is a winger.

Klopp looks set to hand him a breather, however, and continue a trend that has seen him make 59 changes to his starting elevens already this season.

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