Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mo Salah is back 100% fit despite leaving him on the bench against Crystal Palace.
The Egyptian international has been struggling with an ankle injury in recent weeks, and was a major doubt for the match at Selhurst Park, but Klopp had a positive update about the 27-year-old after the 2-1 win yesterday:
“Mo is all good. He couldn’t train for nine days; he was with the Egyptian national team, went home and trained kind of 60 or 70 per cent the day before yesterday. Yesterday was the first time 100 per cent, so we had then to make the decision of whether we started him or not.”
“We didn’t start him, we wanted to bring him on as you probably saw but then we scored. So, we could rest him today, that’s really good and Wednesday he will be back.”
Fans on Twitter are happy to hear that Salah is back in contention to start games:
— Haydn (@haydnstpierre1) November 23, 2019
Great news, just what we wanted.
— Geoff Rossington (@geoffrossington) November 23, 2019
— bielzin ^_^ (@BielAngelino) November 23, 2019
We need for Napoli game
— Vijen (@Vijen75238220) November 23, 2019
Good news.Need all the players fully fit and firing in all cylinders
— Gertigj (@gertigj) November 23, 2019
— Bilo.Amr (@OsmanBilo) November 23, 2019
That was a wise decision, hope o Wednesday he is fully fresh & fit
— Happydreams (@Happydreams2010) November 23, 2019
When I saw his smiley face today after Bobby's goal it was so priceless ❤⚽ missed you Mohamed and waiting for you to burn the pitch down on Wed
— safakadhim 🇮🇶 (@safakadhim87) November 23, 2019
C u on Wednesday. 💪
— Hoi Hung Kong (@hoihungk) November 23, 2019
As Klopp mentioned, Salah was due to come on before Roberto Firmino put the Reds back in front against the Eagles, but they opted to keep him on the bench and save his legs.
The Merseysiders did struggle to create clear cut chances without the Egyptian and he will surely be back in the starting eleven when Liverpool face Napoli in a key Champions League game on Wednesday night. A win would seal top spot in the group.