The 28-year-old Liverpool’s right-winger tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty with Egypt national team on November 13, a night before Egypt played the Togo national team in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. Due to the test result, Salah could not play in the match which Egypt won 1-0.
After the FIFA international break, Salah was flown to England from the United Kingdom even though he tested positive for the virus twice about a week after the first positive test. When he got to England, he was tested again and still returned a positive result.
Hence, Liverpool that are already bedeviled by injuries, had to do without Mohamed Salah in the club’s Premier League match against Leicester City which ended 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday, November 22.
However, on Tuesday, Liverpool’s coach, Jurgen Klopp confirmed during a press conference ahead of the club’s Champions League match against Atalanta that Mohamed Salah has tested negative for the virus.
The German tactician went further to confirm that the Egyptian forward trained on Monday and he is available for selection on Wednesday.
“Mo trained and looked good and he gave a negative test like the rest. He is available [for selection] and we will have to see what we can do with that,” Klopp said.
Before the Egyptian footballer contracted the dreaded virus, he has played 8 Premier League matches and has scored 8 league goals so far this season. More so, he has played 13 matches in all competitions this season and has scored a total of 10 goals.
His availability for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League match will be a great boost for the reigning Premier League team that is currently sitting comfortably at the top of Champions League Group D. A win against Atalanta will take Liverpool to 13 points with 4 wins in 4 matches and it will automatically qualify the team for the competition’s round of 16.
Though Liverpool’s fans are excited about the return of Salah, they will have to wait a bit longer for the return of Jordan Henderson (thigh), Thiago Alcantara (knee), Xherdan Shaqiri (muscle), Virgil van Dijk (knee), Joe Gomez (knee), Trent Alexander-Arnold (calf), and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee).