Liverpool have provided an update on the fitness of Mohamed Salah, Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri ahead of their Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal.
Salah was withdrawn with an ankle problem in the closing stages of Liverpool‘s 2-1 comeback win over Spurs at the weekend, the Egyptian having previously netted what would turn out to be the winner from the spot.
Matip, however, missed that game due to a knee injury, while Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out since September with a calf injury, and speaking ahead of Wednesday nights Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal, Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders confirmed that the duo need ‘time’ to recover, while Egyptian forward Salah is ‘fine’.
“Shaq will only be back after the international break,” Lijnders said at the pre-match press conference.
“We want to give him the time. With a calf injury it is always very high risk, especially with his calves.
“Joel’s knee is still irritated – we need to give him time. I don’t know the exact time he will need but it will really need time to heal.
“Mo is fine.
“Towards the end of the game it is more precaution because the ankle gets more tired and he feels it a little bit more and we have to take him off. But he is fine, he is good.
“All the others are fit, hungry and ready to go.”