Mo Salah has been snapped having lunch in Chesire with the Egyptian missing out on Liverpool’s trip to Southampton.
The Reds travel south needing three points to realistically keep their Premier League title hopes alive with Manchester City enjoying a four point lead ahead of the final weekend. Jurgen Klopp’s side will have to beat the Saints without their most potent attacking weapon.
Salah, who is once again the team’s leading goalscorer, limped off in Saturday’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea. It was immediately evident that the forward was facing a race again time to be fit for Tuesday’s game. The 29-year-old is targeting the weekend, but Klopp has confirmed he would miss the game at St Mary’s.
Eamonn and James Clarke)
Eamonn and James Clarke)
“The target is they could be involved again at the weekend,” said the Liverpool boss. “It’s very positive. We’re realistic about the Wolves game, but for tomorrow, [we’d] rather not.” Salah was replaced by Diogo Jota after 33 minutes at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.
The Egyptian was photographed in Wilmslow having lunch at Juniper Restaurant. Klopp has taken issue with the short turnaround following the weekend’s FA Cup final. The Reds played 120 minutes in the capital and have had just over 72 hours recovery time. “There were two more matchdays this week,” said the German.
“We played Saturday and it was possible we’d play 120 minutes. And they (the Premier League) thought the best time to play the next game would be Tuesday.
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“You (the Premier League) could have given us Wednesday theoretically – but there is the Europa League final – or Thursday when we could have played a 90-minute game and then on Sunday which is the last matchday and the normal rhythm if you play a European game on a Thursday.
“But all of a sudden, nobody thought we could give them (Liverpool) a day more rest. It’s like this the whole time and I have to sit here and say it and people say when will he stop whining – because nobody else is doing it.
“You all don’t think about it for a second. It’s tough and it would have been better if we played on Thursday. Playing 120 minutes and then again on Tuesday is really massive. But I can’t wait to play the game. I’m really excited about it and the boys who will start will go with all they have to make it (a victory) happen.”