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Salah will return to Liverpool for treatment on injury
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Ed Elliot
Press Association
Mohamed Salah has been sidelined by a back problem
Mohamed Salah has been sidelined by a back problem

Mohamed Salah is returning to Liverpool for treatment on the muscle issue he sustained with Egypt.

The Reds' top scorer is set to miss his country's next two games at the Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast after suffering the injury in Thursday's 2-2 draw with Ghana. 

Premier League leaders Liverpool initially struggled to create in the absence of their talisman during Sunday’s game at Bournemouth.

But they moved five points clear at the top thanks to a crushing 4-0 win earned by second-half doubles from Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota. 

Klopp insisted after the game that it "makes sense" for Salah to fly back to Merseyside from AFCON and the Egyptian FA have confirmed the decision. 

The Reds chief said: "That's the plan. If that's already decided 100%, I don't know. But that's the plan.

"However long he's out, probably everybody sees it like this, it makes sense that he's doing the rehab with us or with our people. 

"I spoke with him directly after, the night when it happened. He's in contact with our doctor. I think he will be back."

An Egyptian FA statement, posted on Liverpool’s official website on Sunday evening, later confirmed: "It was decided that the player will return to England after the Cape Verde match tomorrow to complete his treatment, with the hope that he will join the national team in the semi-final of the AFCON if we qualify."

Following successive draws against Mozambique and Ghana, Egypt face Cape Verde on Monday evening seeking to progress from Group B. 

Asked if Salah would go back to the tournament should his country reach the knockout stage, Klopp said: "I would say if Egypt qualifies for the final, if he's fit before the final, then probably yes. 

"Why not? That's clear. It's the tournament."


Mohamed SalahEgyptAfrica Cup of NationsLiverpool
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