Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah has ‘fully recovered’ from the injury which saw him withdraw from the Champions League final in May.
The ‘Egyptian King’ – as he has affectionately been dubbed on Merseyside – was in sensational form last season, scoring an incredible 43 goals for Liverpool after his £37 million move from Roma 12 months ago.
His goals ensured Liverpool finished comfortably in the Premier League’s top four once again, as well as steering them to their first Champions League final since 2007.
However, Real Madrid’s master of the dark arts, Sergio Ramos, put an end to Liverpool’s hopes of a sixth European crown when he wrestled the Egyptian to the ground in the first half of the game over in Kiev, dislocating his shoulder.
Despite going to the World Cup, Salah’s injury prevented him from producing his best form and Egypt were knocked out in the group stages.
However, he has now joined up with Liverpool’s pre-season training, with Jurgen Klopp confirming his shoulder is now back to full strength:
“He has fully recovered,” Klopp told a press conference in Charlotte, USA.
“We were constantly in contact [during the World Cup] and he was fine. Shoulder-wise, he had no problems. We were in really close contact and it was clear that if he had any problems still then he would have waited for the next game.
“He is a very serious person and he knows that it’s his career. Whatever people want from you, if you can’t, you can’t. But he was completely fine and is completely fine now.
“He looks full of joy and is really happy to be back. It was nice to see him yesterday for the first time, the same for Sadio [Mane]. They had an intense year behind [them] but they are really looking forward to the season already.
“It’s good to have them back and they can start training now and all that stuff. It was not a long time they were out but I think it was very important that they had at least three weeks.
“Now they still have a good basis. They look very fit – we made tests yesterday. Both have fantastic values so they did the work they had to do, so now they can start quicker than the rest of the team from another basis. That’s good for us but the season starts on August 12, not this week, so good.”