Klopp provides Salah, Szoboszlai injury ahead of Carabao Cup final

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By Web Desk
February 09, 2024
Jurgen Klopp (R) with Mohamed Salah (L). — AFP

Dominik Szoboszlai may miss the Carabao Cup final, as Jurgen Klopp admitted he is unsure when the Liverpool midfielder will recover from his hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah could be winning his race against time to be fit for the Wembley clash on 25th February.

Klopp reassured fans that Thiago Alcantara's recent injury hasn't brought an end to his Liverpool career, stating his expectation that the Spain international will feature again this season.

However, both midfielders will be absent for Saturday’s Premier League encounter game against Burnley, along with Salah, who might return to training next week or the week after.

The suspended Ibrahima Konate and Conor Bradley, who is on compassionate leave, are also unavailable. Klopp stated that Liverpool will support Bradley for as long as he needs to grieve after the loss of his father, Joe.

Szoboszlai was absent from last week’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal and Klopp confirmed that he has started running again.

“Dom is currently running outside in the winter rain. He is not ready for tomorrow [Saturday] and then we have to see. It's pretty much the same injury he had before, so it's not good he's experienced it again. We've been debating for days: will he be fit for Brentford [next Saturday], the final, or after the final? I don’t know.”

Liverpool's top scorer Salah has been sidelined since New Year’s Day with a hamstring injury sustained while playing for Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations.

Klopp mentioned that Salah is making progress towards his return but he doesn’t when will he be able to return to training properly.

He's moving in the right direction. We hope, but we don’t know, that he can join training next week, but we'll have to wait and see. He's going through all the necessary steps now, which is positive. Either next week or the following week.”

Thiago made his first appearance in 10 months as a substitute against Arsenal but is sidelined once more.

“Thiago's situation isn't great. Everything looked fantastic in training, so you think, ‘let him play a few minutes’. And then it's a muscle issue. We don’t know the extent yet, so we have to wait. It's really not good news for him, for us, for everyone,” Klopp added.