Contrary to widespread reports that Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah could still make the squad for the Leicester City game this weekend, the player has been completely ruled out of the Premier League clash at home to the Foxes.
Ahead of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying game with visitors Togo in Cairo on Saturday, Mo Salah as he’s fondly called posted a positive result to the virus in the first test conducted before that position was confirmed in the second test.
He missed the Togo game which ended in a 1-0 win for his country and also sat out the return leg in Lome. Without him, Egypt secured another victory over the Togolese team via a 3-1 win. The result catapulted the Egyptians to the top of their group standings ahead of former leaders Comoros.
On Salah and his imminent absence for the upcoming Leicester City game, the protocol is that he must self-isolate for 10 days at least before he can return to action. This means that the target for his return to the pitch is for the Champions League match with Italian Serie A side Atalanta next week if he returns a negative Covid-19 result.
In his absence, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to opt for the trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and the in-form Diogo Jota in attack against Leicester City in the final league game on Sunday.
Apart from Mo Salah, Liverpool will also miss the services of defenders like Joe Gomez, Virgil Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The three first choice defenders are all recuperating from different injuries.