Mohamed Salah was substituted moments after scoring a second-half penalty in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp described Mohamed Salah as a “tough cookie” and said the Liverpool forward is ready to train ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League match against Arsenal, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Salah was replaced with a foot problem moments after scoring a second-half penalty in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
Doubts about his fitness were raised when he missed training on Monday ahead of the midweek trip to the Emirates, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the Egypt international has recovered well.
“It looks like Mo is a tough cookie. We were quite lucky with it,” Klopp told reporters in his pre-match press conference.
“It was swollen and painful but yesterday a little less swollen, less painful. I got a message before the press conference that he is ready to train and we will see how it looks.”
Klopp was also questioned about Salah’s agent’s cryptic tweet, which came after the Liverpool manager commented on the 29-year-ongoing old’s contract dispute last week by insisting “We won’t be able to do much more. It is Mo’s choice “..
Salah’s current contract at Anfield expires in less than 18 months, and his agent Ramy Abass Issa appeared to respond to Klopp with a row of seven laughing emojis.
“I’m not on Twitter – another good reason for that,” Klopp said. “The last thing I want to do in a press conference is to create headlines but I don’t know about any kind of reactions or stuff like this.
“That’s not what I’m concerned about. The decisive parties are in contact and we will see.”
‘We’ll keep annoying Man City’
Liverpool travel to an in-form Arsenal looking to close the gap on leaders Manchester City, who were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace on Monday Night Football.
The Reds have won eight consecutive Premier League games, and Klopp has reiterated his intention to be “as annoying as possible” to Pep Guardiola’s side with 10 games remaining in the season.
“That’s the plan of course, to keep being as annoying as possible,” the German said.
“We have to win our football games. We’re very ambitious and determined to do great stuff, but we respect a lot how good they are.
“We respect even more all the other teams we will face. There are few really tough ones. Each Premier League game is tough but a few are especially tough and one of them we play tomorrow night.
“I’m sitting here and if I was to say ‘we will win 10 games’, that doesn’t sound very likely, but as long as it’s possible we will give it a proper try, I can tell you.”
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