Jurgen Klopp react as Mohamed Salah returns to Liverpool following AFCON disappointment.
Mohamed Salah returned to the Liverpool AXA training center today after the African cup of nations heartbreak.
The winger failed to guide Egypt to continental glory as teammate Sadio Mane and Senegal edged a dramatic penalty shootout.
Salah has returned to join his teammates ahead of the Reds Premier League clash against Leicester City at Anfield.
Meanwhile, teammate Sadio Mane is expected to return later this week as revealed by Klopp.
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has now reacted following the return of the Egyptian international, stating that the winger has expressed his readiness to return to first team.
The German told the club’s website : “Mo is now back, I spoke already to him. He is very disappointed of course, but looking forward to all the things coming up here now.
“I spoke to him and pretty much the first thing Mo told me was: ‘I’m ready.’ Haha!
“He is an experienced player, he is a physical monster, to be honest, so we have to see. He will obviously have a little recovery session today and we will see how he feels tomorrow and from there we go.
“The proper plan we don’t have, play him as often and as long as possible is probably the plan, but we will not rush it.
“But if he is fine we will not leave him out for the wrong reasons as well, so let’s see.”
Salah’s return delighted his teammates with Virgil van Dijk seen on video following the Egyptian onto the training pitch saying: “He’s back!”
Salah has netted 23 times in all competitions for the Reds so far this season with his eyes firmly fixed on another Golden Boot.
Klopp has affirmed he is in contention to start against Leicester City despite new signing Luis Diaz making his debut at the weekend and pushing for game time.
Also, the German pointed out the difficulties of watching the AFCON final, knowing that one of his players would be heartbroken.
“It was a strange game to watch, to be honest, from an emotional point of view,” Klopp reflected.
He added “I obviously wish them the best, the very best, in absolutely everything [but] it was not possible in this game.
“I think both played a great tournament. The responsibility on their shoulders is absolutely [huge] and the pressure on their shoulders is absolutely insane, I don’t even have an idea how it must feel in these moments, they carry pretty much a whole country.”