Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk provides injury update on Mo Salah

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Injury News series, which considers the impact of the latest updates on players’ fitness.

Liverpool’s Mo Salah may overcome a knock he picked up against Leicester to be fit in time for the visit to Manchester United, with two weeks off thanks to the international break.

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Teammate Virgil van Dijk told Sky Sports, as reported by The Express, that the Egyptian’s injury isn’t a major concern, even though it led to him being substituted in the 92nd minute against Leicester.

Despite his absence, the Reds managed to find a way to breakdown the Foxes in the remaining minutes to maintain their 100% league record, but Jurgen Klopp and the squad will no doubt be hoping that Salah is available moving forward.

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Van Dijk said: “I think he should be not too bad. The good thing he has plenty of time to recover.

“He’ll probably get time to recover as well. So I’m not concerned that he’s not going to be ready for United away.”

Blessing in disguise

Salah missing for any period of time would be a big blow to Liverpool.

Although the recent return of the previously injured Divock Origi is a bonus for the Reds, his goalscoring record does not compare to the 27-year-old and Klopp will need his best players available if he is to continue the current winning streak.

Manchester United may be in poor form with only nine points from eight league games but they often raise their game against the Anfield outfit and have only lost to them at Old Trafford five times in 23 matches since the start of the Millennium.

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Last year was an example of how the Red Devils could frustrate Liverpool, earning a 0-0 draw which derailed their title efforts – and that was with Salah in the side.

As van Dijk says, a two-week period of rest should do the 27-year-old the world of good and his injury could prove to be a silver lining, as it avoids him travelling to Botswana to play for Egypt, thus preventing the build-up of fatigue.

That could allow him to come back fit and firing, and an in-form Salah is a danger to any Premier League side.

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