Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed fears that Mohamed Salah picked up an injury on Saturday, as he insisted his withdrawal was tactical.
The Reds fell to a disappointing 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad, with Salah replaced at half-time after Sadio Mane had seen red for his challenge on Ederson.
While some suggested that the Egyptian international may have picked up an injury as his substitution didn’t make sense given his pace could arguably trouble City on the counter attack, Klopp ended that talk after the game and insisted he made the change for tactical reasons.
As per freelance injury analyst Ben Dinnery in the tweet below, that cleared up the concern over Salah, while Klopp also suggested that Philippe Coutinho could make his comeback for Liverpool against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Klopp confirms Salah withdrawal at half-time was tactical "Yes. He is completely OK." Meanwhile, Coutinho could return against Sevilla. #LFC
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) September 9, 2017
The Brazilian playmaker has yet to feature for Liverpool this season following on from a well-publicised pursuit from Barcelona for his signature, while the Merseyside giants maintained that he was struggling with a back injury.
After featuring for Brazil during the international break, it was a surprise not to see him involved this weekend, but it looks as though he’ll be back out on the pitch next week with Liverpool fans hoping that he can be an influential figure for them this season having now stayed at Anfield.