- Mohamed Salah was forced off with a groin injury in the Champions League
- The Egyptian starred as Liverpool hit Manchester City for three at Anfield
- Jurgen Klopp will assess whether to play him in Saturday’s Merseyside derby
- The German boss will want Salah fit to face City at the Etihad on Tuesday night
Mohamed Salah arrived at Liverpool’s Melwood training centre on Thursday morning to be assessed on his groin injury sustained against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp faces the prospect of leaving Salah, his side’s star player this season, out of Saturday’s Merseyside derby in a bid to ensure he is fit to face City on Tuesday.
Liverpool produced a commanding 3-0 lead in their quarter-final first leg but know they need another strong showing at the Etihad Stadium to ensure they progress to the semi-finals.
Mohamed Salah arrived at Liverpool’s training ground to be assessed on his groin injury
Boss Jurgen Klopp must decide whether to use the Egyptian winger in the Merseyside derby
Liverpool’s stars arrived in good spirits after the 3-0 Champions League win over Man City
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced an excellent performance and scored the second goal
Salah has been in sensational form for Liverpool since his summer move from Roma and has 29 Premier League goals already this season.
And while some fans will want the focus to be on going the distance in the Champions League, Klopp will be reluctant to take on city rivals Everton without the attacker, such has been his influence.
It was Salah who scored the opening goal against Pep Guardiola’s City side on Wednesday before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane deepened the wounds in an electric opening 30 minutes.
Salah received treatment before being substituted seven minutes into the second half
Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s third in one of the best performances since Klopp took charge
Captain Jordan Henderson and team-mates now switch their focus to the Merseyside derby
The night’s downside came seven minutes into the second half as Salah was forced off with a groin injury and was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum.
Fans hoped his withdrawal was merely precautionary from the German boss but he faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s early kick-off at Goodison Park.
Asked if Salah’s injury was serious, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘I hope not. He said to me immediately after the game “all fine, all good” and we hope that’s the case. We have to wait for that.’