Mohamed Salah has returned to Liverpool training ahead of their Champions League meeting with Genk on Wednesday.
The Egypt international star missed Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United due to an ankle injury sustained before the international break but has been now poised to feature in the midweek encounter.
Divock Origi took his place at Old Trafford, where a late Adam Lallana strike was sufficient to preserve the Reds’ undefeated record in the Premier League but not enough to maintain their remarkable sequence of victories.
It seems that Salah could be back in the starting XI in Genk, despite the club playing their cards close to their chest when discussing his condition in recent days.
Speaking on Saturday to Sky Sports, manager Jurgen Klopp revealed: “Mo was not ready, that’s how it has been.
“He couldn’t train with the team; I don’t know where it came from that everybody said he will play. There was pretty much no chance for today, maybe for Wednesday, we have to see.”
It has been a busy year for Salah, who played a key role as Liverpool won the Champions League thanks to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
He was then a key figure for Egypt as they made a run to the last 16 of the African Cup of Nations and quickly returned to the Liverpool starting XI.
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Prior to missing the Old Trafford clash last weekend, he had been a virtual ever present for Klopp’s side, missing only the Carabao Cup success over MK Dons.
Now the odds are that he will return to feature against the Belgians, leaving long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne as the only soccer professional missing from the defending champions’ panel.
More to follow…