Two weeks after returning a positive test for COVID-19 while on International duty and entering into self-isolation in Egypt, Mohamed Salah is now back in full training with Liverpool and expected to face Atalanta after returning a second negative test.
That was Jürgen Klopp’s verdict at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie against Atalanta, the Reds’ fourth group stage match and a chance to mathematically ensure their place in the knockout rounds with a victory.
“Mo trained today and looked really, really good,” the Liverpool manager said during a break in preparations for tomorrow night’s game at Anfield. “He has another negative test, like the rest, so he is available and now we will have to see what we can do with that.”
The manager wouldn’t be drawn on commenting on other players specifically, though, saying only that “one looks closer and the other not so much” when asked about the likes of missing midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Thiago re-joined training ahead of the weekend but wasn’t fit to make the bench against Leicester City, and so there seems some reason to hope he will at least be in the squad on Wednesday evening—though it could also be Henderson nearing a return.
Shaqiri, meanwhile, is out due to an unspecified muscle injury that occured while he was on international duty—with Klopp revealing over the weekend the player hadn’t been aware of it until returning to Liverpool and undergoing a scan.