Salah will '100%' return for AFCON final if he recovers: Klopp

January 25, 2024 4:07 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Mohamed Salah will definitely return to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) if he recovers in time from injury and Egypt reach the final, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.

The 31-year-old winger returned to England for treatment after picking up a hamstring injury in Egypt’s 2-2 draw with Ghana last week.

Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has said Salah is expected to return to action in three to four weeks if there are no setbacks in his recovery.

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The AFCON final is on Feb. 11.

Record seven-times champions Egypt finished second in Group B with three points following three successive 2-2 draws. They play the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 16 on Sunday.

Klopp also hit out at criticism of Salah’s decision to return to Merseyside for treatment, with some pundits and former players saying that as captain he should have remained with the Egypt squad.