Jurgen Klopp provides Mo Salah injury update and reacts to agent’s cryptic tweet ahead of Arsenal
The key talking points from Jurgen Klopp’s press conference ahead of Arsenal vs Liverpool.
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Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal tomorrow.
A win for the Reds will see them move within just a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Here are the key talking points from Klopp’s pre-match press conference.
Mo Salah was forced off with a foot injury in Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
The Egypt international was not spotted during training at the club’s Kirkby-based facility yesterday.
But Salah is due to train today and will be available.
Klopp said: “Looks like. Mo is a tough cookie.
“We were quite lucky with it. It was swollen, painful. Yesterday, it was a little less swollen and painful.
“Before the press conference, I got a message saying he was ready to train and we will see how that looks.”
Response to agent’s tweet
After Klopp answered questions on Salah’s contract negotiations last week, his agent Ramy Abbas Issa posted seven laughing emojis on Twitter.
Discussions over a new deal to extend the Egypt international’s stay beyond 2023 remain at an impasse.
On that tweet, Klopp said: “I’m not on Twitter, another good reason for that. I spoke about it, I shouldn’t have. You got me in a trap.
“The last thing I want to do is create a headline. But it’s all fine and I don’t know about any reactions but I am not concerned. The decisive parties are in contact.”
Man City slipped up in the title race when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace last night.
Klopp admitted that he only watched 65 minutes of the game - and was surprised City dropped points.
However, the German stressed that Liverpool can only concentrate on winning at Arsenal rather than closing the gap at the top of the table.
Klopp said: “I watched it for exactly 65 minutes for analysis reasons. Don’t very often have time to watch games in real time.
“Palace did really well but City did really well except they couldn’t finish off situations.
“I saw the result and was surprised.
“It would impact the mood if it was in our mind but we play Arsenal and are still four points behind. I don’t know how you can count points and think it’s only one point.
“If we want to reach something in this Premier League and you’re not top, you need to win all of your games and need the teams above you to drop points.”