Liverpool Assistant Manager, Pep Ljinders, recently confirmed that Mo Salah is set for a much longer spell on the sidelines, after suffering a muscle tear whilst away with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations.
The latest prognosis is 21 - 28 days recovery, meaning Salah may be out until the third week in February. That means that even if Egypt qualify for the Final of the AFCON, Salah may not be available to play. It also means Salah will miss a number of high profile games for Liverpool, with the Carabao Cup Final on the 25th February 2024, the earliest point at which he would be fit enough to return.
So which games will Salah miss for LFC ?
28th January 2024
vs Norwich City
FA Cup Fourth Round
Liverpool host championship side, Norwich City, this Sunday in the FA Cup. Although Klopp will not take the opposition lightly, it's likely that Salah - and several other key players - would be rested for this match, as Klopp will look to use a mixture of squad and younger players, to see Liverpool into the next round.
31st January 2024
The next Premier League game that Salah will miss is against Chelsea at Anfield. These games tend to be tight, with several boring 0 - 0 draws recently between the sides. Salah would still be playing in the AFCON at this point if he was fit, so Klopp would already be planning on how to defeat Chelsea without him.
4th February 2024
@ The Emirates
This could be one of the key games of the season. With just a few points between the two teams, and Manchester City breathing down everyone's necks, neither team will want to lose this game. Arsenal held the Reds to a frustrating 1 - 1 draw at Anfield, but Liverpool will know they need a win to maintain their title charge. Again, Salah would likely still be with Egypt at the AFCON for this game.
1oth February 2024
Depending on how far Egypt go in the AFCON, Salah could have been back at Liverpool for this game. Its likely that Klopp will use the game to rotate some of his players, bu Liverpool will need another 3 points to keep the pressure on Arsenal and City. Salah may not have started this game, but it would have been good to have him on the bench, just in case.
17th February 2024
@ Brentford Community Stadium
Liverpool seem to struggle against Brentford, particularly away from home, so Klopp would love to have Salah back in his team for this game. Brentford have Ivan Toney back in their squad, so this one may come down to who scores the most goals.
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