Liverpool Star Set For Axe Against West Brom After Klopp Confirms Injury Scare
Mohamed Salah is expected to be left out of Liverpool’s starting eleven against West Brom after Jurgen Klopp confirmed he had an injury scare at the weekend.
Mohamed Salah is expected to be left out of Liverpool’s starting eleven against West Brom tonight after Jurgen Klopp confirmed he had an injury scare at the weekend.
The Reds boss was criticised for heavily rotating his team for Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum all left out against Everton.
Klopp has defended his team selection after saying it was based on information from the clubs medical department following last Wednesday’s 7-0 Champions League victory over Spartak Moscow.
The quartet are expected to be recalled against West Brom tonight but one man who could be set to make way is Salah after Klopp revealed the attacker suffered an injury scare at the weekend.
Klopp came under fire from Reds fans after substituting Salah during the 1-1 draw with Everton but the German coach has now revealed he withdrew the clubs top scorer because he was carrying a hamstring problem.
Klopp hopes they took Salah off early enough to prevent further damage and while the Egyptian international is available for selection, it looks like the 25-year-old could be left out this evening.
The Liverpool boss is quoted as saying by the Guardian.
“I have 500,000 pieces of information and I have to make a decision; I cannot write a book before each game. I do not want to say [it was a risk to play Coutinho and Firmino] as that would sound like an excuse and I don’t need an excuse.
“I took Mo Salah off because he felt the hamstring a little bit. Then everyone said: ‘How can you take him off?’ I do not go out and say: ‘Because he is close to being injured.’ He is not injured at the moment, thank God. Hopefully we took him off early enough. We have to do it. Seven games in 21 days before Everton and now six games in 18 days. It is exactly the same. We need the best quality we can have before each game. We cannot ignore the number of games.”
Salah has featured in all of Liverpool’s Premier League games so far this season with the attacker starting 14 times and coming off the bench in the other two games against Crystal Palace and Stoke.
With the likes of Coutinho and Firmino ready to come back in to the side this evening, it would make sense for Klopp to protect Salah and give him a rest against West Brom as the last thing they want is for him to aggravate his hamstring issue.
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