Premier League Klopp Confirms Salah Availability For Brentford Clash

Manager Jurgen Klopp announced on Friday that right back Trent Alexander-Arnold is out due to injury, but forward Mohamed Salah of Liverpool is expected to play in Saturday’s Premier League match against Brentford.

The 31-year-old captain of Egypt, who has scored 14 goals this season and is the league’s second-highest scorer, sustained a hamstring injury in January at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Meanwhile, following Liverpool’s 3-1 victory against Burnley at home last weekend, Alexander-Arnold experienced a recurrence of a knee problem.

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Later this month, the 25-year-old is expected to miss the League Cup final against Chelsea.

Mo is back in full training, so that brings him back into contention,” Klopp told reporters ahead of his side’s trip to west London.

“Ibou (Ibrahima Konate) is not suspended anymore, Joey (Joe Gomez) is fit again, Conor (Bradley) is back, Ali (Alisson Becker) is back, so that’s all positive. Thiago (Alcantara), no. And Trent not (available).”

Claims that Alexander-Arnold was hurried back after his injury were rejected by the German coach.

“I got the news that there was a discussion we might have ‘forced’ Trent back because of two setbacks.

Nobody wants that and nobody is doing that,” Klopp said.

“The boys were in the moment when they played. They were fit. But the situation told us differently because it happened again. Very unlucky and unfortunate, but it can happen.

“We have to bring the boys back as soon possible but never before they are ready.”

The question of whether midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, who is now sidelined after exacerbating a hamstring injury, will be ready for the League Cup final on February 25 was posed to Klopp as well.

It’s a super intense period. People think now about the final, absolutely, but before that we have Brentford and Luton (Town), I’m not thinking a second about the final yet,” he said.

“With Dom it will be around that time (the final) we will see how that exactly how works.

With Trent maybe a week or two longer so it’s not great.

I would say not sure if Dom has a chance for the final, but maybe. Trent will be after.”

Klopp was full of praise for their next opponents Brentford.

It is super tricky there … they are well organised, set-pieces, cheeky, rhythm breaks and they are good at set-pieces which they want. That’s how it is,” he said.

“They are more than just set-pieces. They are compact.

They have excellent coaching, and the stadium produces a great atmosphere.

“We have to be at our best to win at Brentford. It’s a smart coached team.”

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