Liverpool takes bold action in defense of Salah against allegations regarding his hamstring injury. Assistant coach Pep Lijnders confirms Salah’s “proper tear in his hamstring,” expecting a three to four weeks recovery. The club emphasizes Salah’s commitment and collaboration with Egypt’s medical team, debunking accusations and expressing confidence in his return for crucial matches.
Liverpool is standing firmly behind their star player, Mohamed Salah, who’s been under scrutiny amid allegations about his commitment to Egypt following a hamstring injury. Assistant coach Pep Lijnders has confirmed that Salah indeed has a “proper tear in his hamstring,” and the recovery process is expected to take three to four weeks. Despite doubts raised, the club is emphasizing Salah’s unwavering commitment and pointing out the collaborative efforts with Egypt’s medical team to ensure his quick and effective recovery.
The whole story kicked off during the Africa Cup of Nations when Salah, a crucial player for Egypt, had to head back to Liverpool for treatment on his hamstring. Ahmed Hassan, a former Egypt international, stirred the pot with remarks in The Daily Mirror, suggesting that Salah might be planning to leave the Egypt camp.
Liverpool didn’t stay quiet. Assistant Coach Pep Lijnders took charge and faced the media a day before the English League Cup semifinal against Fulham. He was clear, saying, “The one you should never doubt the commitment of is Mo Salah. I’ve never met a guy — a player but also a human being — who is more committed to the life of being a professional football player.”
Lijnders continued to explain the decision behind Salah’s return, emphasizing that it was a joint call with Egypt’s medical team. The goal was to give Salah the best chance to be available for the final, in case Egypt makes it to that stage in the tournament.
Clarifying the initial confusion about Salah’s injury, Lijnders shed light on why Liverpool’s medical facility was chosen for treatment. He highlighted the stability of the environment and the dedication of the medical team as key factors for Salah’s recovery. Lijnders also expressed satisfaction with the close collaboration between the medical teams of Egypt and Liverpool, setting an example for how international and club football can work hand in hand for the benefit of the player.
Liverpool’s support wasn’t just talk; it translated onto the field. Under Jurgen Klopp’s leadership, the team secured victories in all three matches since Salah left for the Africa Cup, scoring eight goals without their main scorer.
While Egypt moves forward to the round of 16, securing a draw with Cape Verde, Salah’s animated presence on the sidelines shows his dedication even when he can’t play. The Pharaohs, after three consecutive group-stage draws, are looking to make amends following their loss to Senegal in the last Africa Cup final.
With Liverpool leading the Premier League by five points, attention is also on the upcoming League Cup final on Feb. 25. Holding a 2-1 lead from the first leg against Fulham, the Reds are eager to maintain their winning streak.
Liverpool’s decisive action in defending Salah against allegations highlights the club’s strong support for their star player. The collaborative efforts between Liverpool and Egypt’s medical teams showcase a positive approach to player welfare, setting a commendable example for the relationship between international and club football. Salah undergoes rehabilitation, the club expresses confidence in his return for crucial fixtures, dispelling any doubts about his commitment to both club and country.