You can’t exactly blame Liverpool fans for worrying when rumours spread that Mohamed Salah had gone ‘missing’ just days before their clash with Arsenal.
The ex-Chelsea man was procured for a fee of £36.5 million that now cuts the mother of all bargains and it seems nobody’s under any illusion that Salah is the signing of the season. A staggering return of 21 goals and four assists for club and country so far says it all.
As a result, there’s no one more important in the Liverpool squad right now ahead of the crucial visit to the Emirates Stadium.
The two sides are separated by just a single point in the race for the top four and a big result in north London could have major ramifications for who qualifies for the Champions League, and who doesn’t.
So, it wasn’t exactly encouraging news when it emerged that Salah wasn’t present at Liverpool training on Wednesday, just two days before the Arsenal clash.
That’s not the end of the story, though. The absence came on the same day Salah was unveiled as the ambassador for Vodafone Egypt, making a public appearance at their press conference.
Word quickly spread Salah may even have flown back to north Africa for the sponsorship deal.
The company celebrated Salah as: “the best player in Africa for 2017, and the English Premier League and Egyptian national team.”
Moreover, the 25-year-old was absent from the club’s Christmas squad photo, causing quite the Twitter reaction with Kopites almost convinced that the Egyptian was injured.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) December 21, 2017
What’s really occurring, though? According to the Mirror, the answer is actually rather simple.
It was in fact a fallacy that Salah had flown back to Egypt for the press appearance and the event was actually staged in England.
As for the training session, Jurgen Klopp simply decided to rest him for the evening session in light of the hectic winter schedule.
The German has called upon rotation during this busy time in English football and it seems training sessions are not exempt from the policy.
The report reassures that Salah will be back at Melwood for Thursday’s session and that his Wednesday absence was the cause for the photo confusion.
So the moral of the story is that Liverpool fans can relax. It’s now a matter of whether Klopp will actually call upon his star man as, despite the magnitude of the game, his team selection has certainly surprised in recent weeks.
Given the reasoning, though, Kopites should actually hold quiet optimism that Klopp has already gotten his resting of Salah out of the way. Beware, Arsenal.