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Klopp Unconcerned With Salah’s Injury Problems

Klopp Unconcerned With Salah’s Injury Problems

Jurgen Klopp says he is “not worried” about Mohamed Salah’s fitness but Liverpool will wait before deciding if the forward plays against Napoli.

Salah was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday after Klopp said the forward’s ongoing ankle injury was “still there”.

He was left out of Egypt’s squad for their recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Kenya and Comoros in order to continue treatment on the injury, which he aggravated against Manchester City earlier this month.

“Mo looks really good,” Klopp said ahead of facing Napoli on Wednesday, when Liverpool will secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a victory.

“We’ll see today but I’m not too worried about it.”

But Klopp said Joel Matip, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, will not be rushed back.

“Joel is improving but is some time away,” he said.

“There will be a scan this week and then we will see how it is.”

Salah, 27, originally suffered the injury in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Leicester City on October 5, hobbling off the pitch at Anfield after coming under a second-half challenge from Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury.

Since that game, he scored in Liverpool’s 4-1 away win over Genk in the Champions League and was substituted off after scoring a penalty in the victory over Tottenham.

But after scoring in the win over title rivals Manchester City, he was taken off in the 87th minute.

Liverpool’s congested run of fixtures makes uncertainties over injuries even more difficult for Klopp.

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