EFA vice president Ahmed Shobier has given a boost to Liverpool with news that Egypt won’t be calling up Mohamed Salah.
Egypt have two international games in March. The first is an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Niger, with a friendly in Nigeria happening four days later.
Salah, however, will not feature for Egypt – an undeniable boost for Liverpool in their title challenge.
“Mohamed Salah will not play the Niger game in the AFCON qualifiers or the Nigeria friendly,” said Shobier, as quoted by KingFut.
“[West Bromwich Albion defender] Ahmed Hegazi will probably also be left out of the squad.”
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A lot has been said of the value of rest this season. Many even praised Liverpool’s FA Cup exit thanks to the 10-day break it handed them.
And if Liverpool could keep one player fresh, it would be Salah.
The Egyptian has been in brilliant form again this season but his style does risk exhausting him. We saw him tire quite a bit towards the end of last season, the constant sprinting and pressing taking its toll.
The same can be said for many players, of course, but Salah’s worth to the side is crucial. Liverpool just aren’t the same side without him, lacking the same threat in behind or in finishing.
Sadio Mane can offer the pace but he’s not as clinical or direct as Salah. In short, Salah at his best makes Liverpool a considerably better side.
Salah did go away with Egypt last March and that’s why it’s such a boost this time around that he won’t. Instead, he can recuperate during the last break in the season.
Players will return from that international spell knowing that it’s non-stop until the end-of-season spoils.
Returning to a fully rested Salah will only leave them more confident of making history this season.