'Sad': Gary Neville is gutted one Liverpool player isn't at the World Cup
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'Sad': Gary Neville is gutted one Liverpool player isn't at the World Cup

Gary Neville thinks it’s ‘sad’ that Mohamed Salah misses the 2022 World Cup. The Liverpool player didn’t qualify with Egypt.

Gary Neville wishes Mohamed Salah was able to take part in the World Cup this winter. The pundit was talking to ITV, ahead of the Netherlands vs Senegal.

Naturally, the topic of Sadio Mané came up. The former Liverpool forward picked up an injury with Bayern Munich right before the tournament – an injury that required surgery and ruled him out for months.

Now neither of the famous pairing are in Qatar to play. That, says Neville, is a real shame.

“I’m sad Mané is not here,” said Neville. “I really am, and even Salah, to be fair – from that point of view – you want to see the best players in the world at these tournaments.”

Mohamed Salah misses the World Cup

Egypt and Senegal actually met in a World Cup play-off earlier this year, with the winner getting a spot in the 32. It meant one of Salah or Mané was always going to miss out.

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Mané’s Senegal won, just as they did in the AFCON final shortly beforehand, but his injury means neither participate. From a footballing point of view, that’s awful. They’re two of the absolute best in the world and seeing them compete on the biggest stage is a joy.

Strictly for Liverpool, though, we’re happy Salah is getting a break. He’ll now rest-up ahead of the second half of the season and we expect to see his best form. Last season, the winger was magnificent before heading off to AFCON. He returned tired and failed to replicate his pre-tournament form.

This season could be the opposite. With the world’s best players competing in an exhausting tournament, Liverpool boast a wonderful selection of players getting a rest. That could make all the difference come May.

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