Jurgen Klopp admits that Mohamed Salah is still struggling with his injury. That puts the Liverpool boss in a very difficult position.
“It’s not that it has got worse, but it’s still kind of there. It’s still there, that’s the problem,” Klopp told a press conference (per the Echo).
“We have to be sensible with things like this. We have to make a decision. If I would have made a decision then I probably wouldn’t have told you about it, but we have to see the session today.”
Not the best news but not the worst news. They’d be in real trouble if the injury deteriorated. Instead, it just won’t go away.
Now, the best way to help Salah would be time off. Give him a few weeks off to rest and heal up, assuring no further damage is done – no risks necessary.
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Only, things aren’t that simple, unfortunately.
Liverpool will play at least 12 games in December – 13 if they make the Club World Cup final. It will undoubtedly be the busiest month the club has ever endured.
That means Klopp needs everyone and especially Salah, the club’s most reliable goalscorer in recent years. But he won’t be fit enough if he’s having to work back to full fitness after an injury lay-off.
And that’s why this injury to Salah has Klopp stuck. He can’t afford to work him too hard and risk aggravating things. He also can’t afford to have him sit on the sidelines and need to regain match fitness in December.
We don’t think Klopp should risk it against Crystal Palace this weekend. That seems sensible enough and Liverpool should still win without him.
Beyond that, though, no one should envy Klopp with this. It’s an incredibly tough decision under huge pressure that holds risks either way. Let’s hope he gets it right.