It’s always scary when you see one of you star players go down with an injury, especially if they are just returning from a previous injury. So, insert collective hearts into throats when Mohamed Salah needed to be removed in the 85th minute with what looked like a knock to his ankle. Salah had just returned to action earlier in the week after being injured by a shocking tackle from Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury.
According to Jurgen Klopp, however, there is no need to panic.
“Mo is the same ankle, it just gets sore the longer the game goes on,” said the Liverpool manager. “It’s not a massive issue, that will disappear one day, but it’s still a bit there at the moment.”
If anything, it sounds like it was a precautionary measure more than anything with an eye towards some big upcoming fixtures.
“If you get a knock on it then you feel it more and it makes no sense to try to push it through because we had other players, still options to change, and that’s what we did. No, nothing serious.”
With most of the regulars expected to be rested against Arsenal in the League Cup, Salah will have some time for rest, ice, and electric stim. Depending on the severity of the soreness, he could even be rested next weekend at Aston Villa with an eye towards Genk in the Champions League followed by a massive clash against Manchester City in two weeks time.
Besides Salah, Virgil van Dijk was the only other player who was reported to have a knock after the game.
“Virgil got a dead leg,” said Klopp. Like Salah, Virgil was probably already going to be rested for Arsenal, and should be back in training in a day or two.