Liverpool are flying high at the top of the Premier League as they seek their first championship in 30 years, but the Reds will be hoping an injury to Mo Salah doesn’t spoil what has been a splendid start to the season so far.
Exactly when the Egyptian will return to the Liverpool squad is still unknown with the forward continuing to have treatment on his ankle following his withdrawal from the national squad on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old suffered the injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester City at Anfield on October 5th, limping off following a strong second-half challenge from Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury.
Since then he has returned to the Reds’ ranks, finding the net in Liverpool’s 4-1 away win over Genk in the Champions League and also against Spurs, a game which he scored the match-winning penalty before being taken off late in the game.
He also played a key-role in Liverpool’s vital 3-1 win over Manchester City last weekend, heading in Andy Robertson’s cross for the second goal of the game after just 13 minutes as City were still reeling from an early Fabinho wonder-strike.
But he limped off again after appearing to suffer a reoccurrence of the same injury which has troubled him since the win over Leicester, and the frustration was there for all to see on what was otherwise a successful afternoon.
As a result, Salah will miss out on Egypt’s upcoming internationals versus Kenya and Comoros and was pictured wearing a protective boot as he watched his international teammates training in Cairo this week, which will no doubt be of concern to Jurgen Klopp.
It has been reported that Salah has been given the chance to train away from Liverpool’s Melwood training ground in order to aid his rehabilitation, and the club will grant him an extended period of time off over the international break, but just how many Premier League games he could mis remains a mystery.
The prolific marksman, who has notched nine goals in 17 appearances in all competitions for the Reds so far this season, remains a doubt for Liverpool’s next Premier League clash, a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on November 23.
Liverpool’s win over City on Sunday saw them move nine points clear of the defending champions with an eight-point lead at the top of the table, but with a number of key games to come in what is traditionally a busy schedule for the Premier League Liverpool fans will hope he will be available for the traditional, fixture-heavy, festive period.
Following their trip to Palace Liverpool face Napoli in the Champions League at Anfield before a home fixture with Brighton and then the first Merseyside derby encounter of the season with Everton at Goodison Park.
Despite the injury to Salah, and the fact that they had to play the early part of the season without Allison due to a calf injury, the Reds still find themselves in a comfortable position and can still be backed at 15.00* to go the entire Premier League season unbeaten.
However, they will hope that any injury to Salah will not derail what has been a magnificent start to the season as Liverpool chase their first Premier League trophy and their firdst English top-flight title since 1990.
Liverpool’s next five fixtures
Crystal Palace (A) November 23
Napoli (H) November 27
Brighton (H) November 30
Everton (A) December 4
Bournemouth (H) December 7th
*Odds subject to change
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