Mo Salah might play Leicester City on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp confirmed, just four days after Egypt lost the AFCON final to Sadio Mane’s Senegal.
In Sunday’s showpiece final in Cameroon, Salah’s Egypt were defeated by Senegal in a penalty shootout in which the captain did not take a penalty attempt.
LiverpoolFC.com quoted Klopp as saying: “Mo has returned, and I have already spoken with him. Of course, he is disappointed, but he is looking forward to all that is about to happen here. When I spoke with him, the first thing he said to me was, “I’m ready.” Haha!
“He’s a seasoned player, and to be honest, he’s a physical monster, so we’ll have to wait and see. He’ll have a short recovery workout today, then we’ll see how he feels tomorrow and continue from there.
“Sadio flies out on Wednesday night if possible, so he’ll be here on Thursday, but he won’t be playing in the Leicester match.
“It means the world to him, his people, and Senegal, and we respect that greatly. We would never consider calling him back from there or doing anything else – let them do what they want in the moment because they deserve it.
“They’ve been through a lot, so when he gets back, we’ll talk to him and see what we can do with him.”
Mane: The AFCON victory was the highlight of my life
Mane, who was voted player of the tournament at the end of Senegal’s AFCON victory, called it “the finest day of his life” to win the trophy with his country.
The 29-year-old overcame an early penalty miss to strike the game-winning penalty as Senegal won in Bafoussam on Sunday.
The Liverpool striker stated, “It’s the happiest day of my life and the best trophy of my life.”
“I’ve won the Champions League and a few other trophies, but this one stands out. For me, this is more important.
“I am delighted for myself, my people, and my entire family.”
He went on to say about his early spot-kick miss: “It was a huge setback for me when I missed the first penalty. My teammates, on the other hand, approached me and said, “Sadio, we lose together and we win together.” We recognize you. Keep on, you’ve done too much for us.’
“That strengthened me, and I believe it made a difference when I received the second one. All of the boys came up to me and said, “Sadio, we trust you,” which motivated me even more. The trophy is the property of the entire Senegalese team, and everyone deserves it.”