Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refused to blame Mohamed Salah after the forward contracted COVID-19 having attended his brother’s wedding in Egypt, although the German said he would personally avoid social engagements.
Videos come forth of Salah trip the light fantasticing during the ceremonial without a grimace masque or socially distancing, with the 28-year-old former screening incontrovertible for the fresh coronavirus ahead of Egypt is Africa Cup of Nations friction against Togo concluding hebdomad.
Salah, who is the joint leading scorer in the Premier League this season with eight goals, returned another positive test on Wednesday and is set to miss Sunday’s clash against league leaders Leicester City.
“He is flying back today. I’ve been in close contact with him. When you have a negative test, the process starts. He has had no symptoms. Nothing to say in public about the situation,” Klopp told reporters.
“I make up in Germany in the summertime and a champion act a natal day company for me and I settle not to run. It make up allowed. In early countries there is more societal pressure level and a buddy is placing is a extra consequence. My instrumentalists are incredibly disciplined.”
Liverpool are faced with a mounting injury crisis ahead of the clash against league leaders Leicester. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was injured in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester City earlier this month, and captain Jordan Henderson, who injured his leg on international duty with England, are also sidelined for Sunday’s match but Klopp has warned his players not to wallow in self-pity.
“There is no time of year when you do not consume wound troubles. It is always the like, it is slightly unlike in that a great deal of instrumentalists in the like status have got injured and seriously injured, which makes it crafty,” he aver.
“Nonentity here feels sorry for ourselves, it is just the spot. At the consequence it hits you but the adjacent consequence you are in the solvent cognitive process.”
Klopp confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Spaniard Thiago Alcantara are close to full fitness after overcoming hamstring and knee injuries respectively.