Salah set to make Liverpool return after negative Covid-19 test

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has tested negative for coronavirus and is likely to be back in training on Tuesday ahead of their Champions League clash with Atalanta.

Salah flew back to England via a specially-commissioned private jet on Friday, a week after being diagnosed with coronavirus while on international duty, but he was not available for Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leicester City.

During his time in his homeland Salah was pictured at his brother’s wedding and while Jurgen Klopp did not publicly criticise his 10-goal forward he said he had personally adopted a more cautious approach to social events.


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And now the German boss confirmed Salah is set to return to training on Tuesday after a negative Covid-19 test following two positives while on international duty with Egypt.

“I think from now he is pretty normal in all the testing. He can train with us. There are two tests in the next two days so he will be tested,” said Klopp.

Without the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara, Liverpool dominated a Leicester side which had won its previous four away matches.

Jamie Vardy, who had scored in each of his last four matches and had nine in eight going into the game, barely had a kick let alone a chance after Jonny Evans’s own goal as Diogo Jota – becoming the first Liverpool player to score in his first four home top-flight matches – and Roberto Firmino finished the job.

“We had to play really good because otherwise you would have no chance and the boys did it from the first second,” added Klopp, whose delight at the return to fitness of Fabinho was tempered by the loss of Naby Keita to a hamstring problem.

“We controlled the game, we passed the right passes, moved in the right spaces, offered direction, used these offers. So, a lot of things were really, really good. We scored two goals after a set-piece but a lot of good football moments in a really, really good performance.”

 

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