Klopp gives update on Salah ‘mood’ amid Liverpool tension; Thiago injury news

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2020 1:15 - Rob McCarthy

Jurgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has given an update on Mo Salah’s mood amid talk of tension between Liverpool and the Egypt attacker.

The Reds star is having another sensational season at Anfield. An instinctive close-range header and ‘worldie’ from outside the box helped Liverpool smash Crystal Palace 7-0 at the weekend.

That brace took him to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 13 goals.

Salah has netted in nine of his last 12 Liverpool games. And, away from home, it’s nine in his last nine matches in all competitions.

With numbers like that, Europe’s elite continue to be on alert. And rumours started to fly at the weekend when he gave a rare sit-down interview with Spanish outlet AS.

Salah stated that he was “very disappointed” not to have been given the captaincy by Jurgen Klopp in the absence of Jordan Henderson and James Milner when the Reds played FC Midtjylland.

The 28-year-old was overlooked in favour of Trent Alexander-Arnold for the Champions League clash in Denmark.

Liverpool have since been tipped to hand Salah a new deal when his contract runs out in 2023.

And speaking ahead of the December 27 clash with West Brom, Klopp revealed that Salah is more than happy on Merseyside.

He said: “We never speak [about contracts]. Mo is in a good mood and moment, shape and that is the most important.

“You would have seen him laughing a lot [today]. The rest is nice for you to write but internally, nothing really [to say].

“He’s in a good moment and I hope it stays like this. Much more important we keep going. Everyone knows this is toughest period of season.”


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Thiago missing for WBA clash

As for team news ahead of the game, Klopp revealed that Thiago will not be risked.

He added: “Thiago made first steps back towards team training. Not full yet. After a long time, we cannot rush it.

Thiago Alcantara

“Other guys are closer, Shaq trained well. Milly, y’day full session. We have still two more training days before we make a decision.”

The Reds top the pile at Christmas, but Klopp knows there is a long road ahead for his side.

Speaking about leading the way in the way in the Premier League, he added: “Obviously means you’re not automatically champion in May if you lead at Xmas otherwise we would have been champions before.

“It’s the best position you can be in at the moment but that is it. We know how tough it is. It’s nice, nothing else.”

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