Jurgen Klopp has defended Mohamed Salah over his attending of a ‘very special’ wedding despite the Liverpool forward’s contracting of Covid-19.
Salah will miss this weekend’s crunch clash with league leaders Leicester as he prepares for a period of self-isolation upon his return from international duty, where the star recorded a positive coronavirus test following his attendance of his brother’s wedding.
The 28-year-old’s absence will be a major blow for the champions who have already seen their squad decimated by a succession of injuries, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez amongst the names to have picked up injuries over the past fortnight, the latter expected to miss the majority of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Klopp, however, has refused to criticise the Egyptian and has described the wedding of his brother as a ‘very special moment’, insisting his players are all ‘incredibly disciplined’ regarding coronavirus protocols.
Mo Salah tests positive for Covid after doing this at a wedding. Seriously, we need to stop players leaving their club bubbles amid this pandemic.
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) November 13, 2020
“He is back today,” the Liverpool boss said at his pre-match press conference.
“He is in a good place. he feels well. There is nothing to say in public about all the things I talk to my players about but I can say in the summer I was in Germany and a friend moved his birthday party because I was there.
“There were 50 people which was allowed in Germany but at the last minute I decided not to go. It was outside but I did not go.
“In other countries there are more social pressure on you and a brothers wedding is very special moment. What I can say is that my players are all incredibly disciplined. There were some cases but they all know about the situation.”
Klopp confirmed that neither Henderson or Alexander-Arnold will feature for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ in-form side on Sunday evening, the duo joining long-term absentees Gomez and Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines.