Jurgen Klopp understands Mohamed Salah’s desire to play on the last day of the Premier League season in order to win the Golden Boot, but neither Liverpool nor Salah are ready to compromise his fitness.
Salah suffered a groin injury in Liverpool’s FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea last Saturday and missed the Reds’ title-clinching victory against Southampton in midweek.
Klopp’s team might still have a double celebration on Sunday.
Salah (22 goals) barely leads Son Heung-min (21) in the scoring standings, with City only one point ahead.
However, with the Champions League final against Real Madrid looming in the last week, Liverpool must ensure Salah is fit to participate.
The winger, who is up for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Conor Gallagher, and Declan Rice, isn’t the cup champions’ only injury worry.
Virgil van Dijk (knee) suffered an injury at Wembley, while Fabinho (hamstring) had to leave the game against Aston Villa. At Southampton, Joe Gomez, who has a history of catastrophic ailments, had an ankle problem.
Klopp said ahead of Sunday’s match against Wolves:
“Joe has good news.
“We want a reassuring further scan, but the first was like he and we thought after the game – we were lucky.
“It was a good knock, but nothing happened. It’s the leg where he was injured, so I understand 100 per cent everyone was concerned; I was until I saw Joe’s face in the dressing room because we know best about our bodies most of the time.
“The result of this [second] scan is not here yet, but we don’t expect anything different. So it’s just about reassuring it’s all fine.
“And then from there, we go. If it’s OK, it’s about pain: how can he deal with pain? We’ll see what Joe can do today or tomorrow, but I don’t know at the moment.
“With the other boys, it looks all good. What we do with them at the weekend, I have no idea.
“I understand 100 per cent the goalscoring battle with Son Heung-min, but there is no chance we take any risk; Mo doesn’t want to take any risk, there’s no doubt about that.
“But it looks good, and the boys made steps. We will see.
“My preferred solution would be they all could play at the weekend, for rhythm reasons, stuff like this, or at least could be on the bench, and we could bring them on or not. But if not, then we take it from there. I cannot say 100 per cent.”
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