Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expecting to have Mohamed Salah available for the Champions League clash with Atalanta on Wednesday night, reporting a negative coronavirus test for the Egyptian star.
Salah missed the 3-0 win over Leicester City on Sunday evening after testing positive for Covid-19 multiple times while on international duty with Egypt.
The 28-year-old was forced to isolate on his return to the UK on Friday, but Klopp says he has now returned a negative test result and therefore should be clear to return to training and play imminently.
‘That’s what I’ve heard, yes, it [was] negative today,’ said Klopp on Sunday. ‘I think he is from now on pretty normal in testing.
Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live
‘Tomorrow we have the UEFA testing for the Champions League and I am pretty sure he will be in that.
‘He can now train with us tomorrow [Monday], that’s it. He will have two tests in the next two days, so, yes, he will be tested like all of us.’
Liverpool performed admirably without the former Roma man, with Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino headers, along with a Jonny Evens own goal gave them an impressive win over the Foxes.
However, there was another injury headache for Klopp as Naby Keita limped out of the match with a hamstring problem.
The German did not give much detail on the issue after the game, saying: ‘He felt his hamstring and was not able to play on, otherwise he would have stayed on the pitch.’
While he was unlikely to play anyway, Xherdan Shaqiri missed the match with a muscle problem as well.
‘Shaq, how I know it, he had a muscle injury with the national team which he didn’t really realise,’ said Klopp.
‘Now he trained with us, we gave him a day off and then he came back and was involved in the session, but was not fully involved and all these kind of things. He just did a little bit, after that he felt a little bit. Then we did a scan and they found he has an injury from five or six days ago.
‘Nobody knew about that, not even Shaq knew about it, but that’s how things sometimes are and so he was not able to be involved.’
The Reds host Atalanta on Wednesday night when they are likely to still be without Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and long-term injury sufferers Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.