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Klopp Clears the Air: Apologizes to Egypt, Confirms Liverpool’s AFCON Strategy

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued an apology to the Egyptian national team and manager Rui Vitória for his comments regarding Mohamed Salah’s injury.

Salah, who suffered a hamstring injury, is expected to be out of action for both Liverpool and Egypt for approximately a month.

However, the way in which the news unfolded caused frustration for Vitória.

Klopp had revealed after Liverpool’s victory over Bournemouth that Salah would return to Anfield for treatment, which did not sit well with Vitória.

The Egyptian Football Association had initially stated that Salah would miss the next two matches, including a crucial Africa Cup of Nations game against Cape Verde.

However, it later emerged that Salah might only be fit enough to participate in the final of the competition.

In an attempt to mend the relationship between the parties involved, Klopp emphasized that Liverpool’s ambition for Salah aligns with that of Egypt.

He stated that their goal is to make Salah fit as quickly as possible and that all parties agreed it made sense for him to undergo rehabilitation at Liverpool.

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However, if Salah recovers earlier and Egypt is still in the tournament, he will be allowed to return to represent his country.

Klopp expressed regret if his comments had caused any misunderstanding, clarifying that he was not aware of the situation at the time.

He emphasized that their focus is on Salah’s recovery and that they do not engage in discussions about what others are saying.

Meanwhile, Klopp will have more options to choose from for Liverpool’s upcoming FA Cup clash against Norwich City.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominik Szoboszlai, and Andy Robertson are all in contention after their respective absences.

Robertson is physically ready and back in the normal team training schedule, while Szoboszlai will join the team training from tomorrow.

As for Alexander-Arnold, Klopp will make a decision based on his availability for the Norwich game.

Having these players back will undoubtedly be beneficial for Liverpool as they continue their campaign in various competitions.

This article was updated 4 weeks ago

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