Salah could miss up as many as 3 Liverpool fixtures due to positive Covid-19 test as pressure piles on Jurgen Klopp’s squad

Salah could miss up as many as 3 Liverpool fixtures due to positive Covid-19 test as pressure piles on Jurgen Klopp’s squad

Injury plague

The battle of the injury-ravaged sides will take place this weekend, when Liverpool face Leicester City. The Foxes have been without several of their key defensive players of late, with Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu and Timothy Castagne having all spent significant spells on the sidelines.

Opponents Liverpool, though, have been hit even harder. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have suffered long-term knee injuries, joining Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara have also been out through injury and illness respectively. Jordan Henderson suffered a groin issue whilst on England duty, and will also likely miss his side’s meeting with Leicester.

Salah could miss up as many as 3 Liverpool fixtures due to positive Covid-19 test as pressure piles on Jurgen Klopp’s squad

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Trent Alexander-Arnold withdrew from international duty, and is expected to remain sidelined for a number of weeks. Joel Matip and Alisson, meanwhile, also missed several weeks of the season prior to the break.

Jurgen Klopp has been a loud voice in the call for a return to the 5 substitutes rule in England, to allow sides to cope better with the heavy fixture list:

“It’s not an advantage, it’s a necessity. It happens in other countries, it was sold completely wrong and now you have this situation,” said the German tactician..

Salah positive

On top of the horrific injury scene at the club, Klopp will also be without Mohamed Salah this weekend, after the attacker tested positive for Covid-19 whilst on international duty. He will therefore remain in Egypt until a negative test is returned.

Salah’s next test is reportedly set to occur in around 5 days’ time. Were he to test positive again, the Egyptian would almost certainly miss Liverpool’s midweek Champions League tie against Atalanta, and ensuing Premier League fixture versus Brighton.

Salah was videoed attending his brother’s wedding last week, not following social distancing guidelines or wearing a mask. Whether or not this proved a contributing factor remains unknown.

Abou Elela, Egypt’s national team doctor, did not deny that the wedding could have proven exactly where Salah contracted the virus: “I cannot deny. No one knows because unfortunately, we still don’t know everything about the virus. My answer is maybe yes, maybe no.”

Arsenal’s Willian also took a trip to Dubai during the international break, having not been called up to the Brazilian national squad. According to The Telegraph, he will now need to return a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed to return to the UK.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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