Jurgen Klopp gives Liverpool encouragement over Salah fitness despite Covid test

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given an encouraging update on Mohamed Salah’s fitness despite testing positive for Covid-19.

The Reds will be without their star forward for the next three games after a second positive test for the disease this week.

And the first will be a massive clash against Premier League leaders Leicester at Anfield, with the champions looking to bounce back from a 1-1 draw against Manchester City.

With reports of Salah flying back to England on a special plan from Egypt international duty, there have been concerns about how Liverpool will cope against the Foxes.

But the Reds boss has given a positive update on the 28-year-old and his his return to the squad.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Klopp said: “He is probably back today. In close contact and how it always is.

“He's in a good place, feels well. No symptoms. Nothing to say in public about [the wedding].”

Klopp went on detail his own experience of managing Covid-19 difficulties with social occasions.

The manager added: “What I can say, I was in Germany in the summer and a friend moved a birthday party [for me] and I decided not to go.

“It was allowed. In other countries there's more social pressure and a bros wedding is a special moment. My players are incredibly disciplined.”

Salah is also set to miss Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Atalanta as well as the trip to Brighton.

They will miss the Egyptian in the European campaign, with the forward grabbing a goal and an assist in Italy earlier this month.

While the forward has played a big part in all six league wins, scoring five goals and making three assists for his side.

A bigger concern for Klopp against Leicester will be his lack of defenders, missing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez due to injury.

And this could see them make a transfer bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly speculated for January.

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