Liverpool is on edge as they await news on the potential severity of Mohamed Salah’s apparent hamstring injury suffered at AFCON.
Salah had to pull out just before halftime during Egypt’s match against Ghana at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium and couldn’t continue after receiving treatment.
Egypt coach Rui Vitoria expressed uncertainty about the injury, saying, “I hope it’s not a big problem, but now, I don’t know because it’s too early to see something. I think it’s not dangerous, but let’s see if Salah recovers.”
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Salah, who has been in outstanding form for Liverpool in the 2023/24 season, is currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 14 goals in 20 appearances and has contributed eight assists.
His absence for Egypt at AFCON was already a setback for Liverpool, but now the club faces an anxious wait to determine the extent of Salah’s potential injury. Encouragingly, he left the pitch under his own steam, but he did appear to be in discomfort after initially sitting down on the grass.
In Salah’s absence, Egypt managed a 2-2 draw against Ghana, responding twice to West Ham United’s Mohammed Kudus’ brace. Egypt, having drawn both Group B games, needs a victory against Cape Verde to secure a spot in the knockout stages.
Liverpool, gearing up to face Bournemouth in the Premier League, will also be without Wataru Endo, representing Japan at the Asian Cup, and Dominik Szoboszlai, who is unlikely to play due to a hamstring injury. Additionally, Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss the game at the Vitality Stadium, but Jurgen Klopp still has a strong squad to work with, including Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Cody Gakpo, and Luis Diaz in the forward line.