Burnley vs Liverpool
Liverpool’s two best players were both nowhere to be seen for Liverpool on New Year’s Day.
When the Liverpool team sheet was confirmed before the Burnley game, neither Philippe Coutinho nor Mohamed Salah were in the squad.
Salah/Coutinho not on Liverpool team coach
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) January 1, 2018
The team sheets were as follows:
Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Defour, Cork, Arfield, Hendrick, Barnes.
Subs: Lowton, Vokes, Westwood, Walters, Wells, Lindegaard, Long.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Trent, Klavan, Lovren, Gomez, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Oxlade, Mane, Solanke.
Subs: Karius, Milner, Firmino, Robertson, Ings, Matip, Woodburn.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 1, 2018
— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) January 1, 2018
Philippe Coutinho & Mohamed Salah
Coutinho’s absence, on the first day of the January transfer window, is obviously fishy.
Prior to the game there had been no reports out of Liverpool suggesting Coutinho had any sort of injury.
However Coutinho’s absence at Turf Moor always seemed like a possibility after the Brazilian was missing at training on Sunday.
Coutinho was also active on social media on Sunday night – another hint his focus wasn’t the Burnley game.
UPDATE: It’s since been claimed Coutinho has a thigh injury. But not everyone thinks that’s true.
Salah (groin), Coutinho (thigh) the injury absentees for LFC at Burnley. Both expected to be fit for FA Cup next week.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) January 1, 2018
Philippe Coutinho (thigh) and Mohamed Salah (groin) out with minor injuries say #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) January 1, 2018
Coutinho (transferitus). Could have been predicted AS SOON as the window opened.
— Ste (@Proudy31589) January 1, 2018
As for Mo Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer, he is injured.
After the Leicester match on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Salah picked up a knock towards the end of the game.
Salah was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum with seven minutes remaining in the match.
The north African star had trouble walking as he left the pitch, and Klopp said:
(Salah) was limping at the end, and that’s never a good sign. We will have to see what the problem is and what he can do for the next game.
On Monday the Mirror reported that Salah is out for two weeks with a knee injury. The tabloid announced:
Mohamed Salah has been ruled out for at least a fortnight after limping away from Liverpool’s Saturday victory over Leicester.
The Egypt international will be allowed to travel to Ghana, along with club-mate Sadio Mane, later in the week to attend Thursday’s Confederation of African Football Player of the Year awards.