Mohamed Salah has hinted he will be ready to return for Liverpool’s Champions League group stage clash with Atalanta on Wednesday night. The Egyptian posted a selfie on his Instagram story of himself working out at the club’s new AXA Training Ground for the first time.
Salah returned a negative test for coronavirus on Sunday having first tested positive nine days earlier while on international duty.
Contracting COVID-19 meant the 28-year-old was absent for Sunday night’s 3-0 Anfield win over Leicester, with Diogo Jota instead starting in the front three.
But his period of self-isolation appears to be over following his return to training, although none of his team-mates could be seen alongside him in the gym.
Salah faces further tests before he can play again but provided that a new swab returns negative, he will be free to play again.
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Asked about the situation, Jurgen Klopp said in his post-match press conference after his side defeated Leicester that Salah was on the verge of a return.
“That’s what I’ve heard, a negative today,” Klopp told reporters. “I think from now he is pretty normal in all the testing. Tomorrow we have UEFA testing and I am pretty sure he will be in that.
“He can train with us tomorrow. There are two tests in the next two days so he will be tested.”
Salah has 10 goals in 13 games this season and his return will be more than welcome to Klopp given the raft of injuries that the Premier League champions are currently contending with.
Naby Keita added to the ever-growing list of absentees by suffering a muscle injury against Leicester, which Liverpool do not yet know the severity of.
And Liverpool boss Klopp – a regular critic of hectic fixture scheduling – criticised broadcasters Sky Sports and BT Sport for the calendar his side faces.
After welcoming Atalanta to Anfield on Wednesday evening, the Reds are back in action for the trip to Brighton in the Premier League at 12.30pm on Saturday – less than 72 hours after their last match.
“It was never about us when I talked about it, it was about all the players. If you don’t start talking to BT [Sport] we are all done,” Klopp fumed.
“Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and Saturday [at] 12.30, I’m not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players.
“I know you [the broadcasters] don’t care and that’s the problem. We’ve discussed it for a long time and nothing’s happened.
“I don’t talk about Liverpool, I talk about all the football players out there. Yesterday, [Gerard] Pique massive knee injury. Today, [Bukayo] Saka, maybe, I’m not sure, a knee injury – he played all three games for England during the international break.
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“Now people tell us to rotate players but who? We have some offensive players but the rest are kids.
“It’s a massive problem. Wednesday and Saturday 12.30 is a broadcaster problem and nothing else. We play against Atalanta on Wednesday and then 12.30 [Saturday] against Brighton.
“It’s an early Christmas present. We will show up there shaking. I think about sending the points. That’s how it is.
“Gentlemen, start talking and making decisions. I like the relationship with you. If someone tells me again about contracts I’ll go really nuts. Because these contracts aren’t made for a Covid season.
“We all have to adapt. Everything’s changed, but the contracts with the broadcasters is still: ‘We have this, so we keep this’. What? Everything changed, the whole world changed!”
Liverpool sit top of Group D with three wins from three having thrashed Atalanta 5-0 in Italy earlier this month.
The Merseyside outfit can qualify for the knockout stages with two games to spare by securing another three points against the same opposition this week.
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