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MO TALKS Jurgen Klopp has already spoken to Mohamed Salah about attending his brother's wedding prior to positive Covid-19 test


Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has offered his up his first public comments on Mohamad Salah's trip to Egypt and his subsequent positive test for Covid-19.

Salah was captured on video dancing at his brother's wedding last week while not wearing a mask, with confirmation that he had contracted the virus coming a few days later.

Klopp confirmed Salah is due to fly back to the UK on Friday, even though he has yet to return a negative Covid-19 test, but he is will miss Liverpool's game against Leicester on Sunday and it is unclear when he can resume playing.

While Klopp stepped back from criticising his star player, he gave an example of a party he opted not to attend last summer in a bid to highlight his stance on attending mass gatherings during a pandemic.

"He is probably back today, that's what I've heard," confirmed Klopp. "He is in a good place, he feels well, no symptoms. He feels fine.

"As for what I say to my players, that is not for the public, but what I can tell you.

"I was in Germany last summer. A friend of mine moved his birthday only because of me (he could attend). 50 people attended and at the last minute, I decided not to go. It was allowed in Germany at the time, it was outside, but I didn't go.

"In other countries there's more social pressure on you and a brother's wedding is a special moment, but I can say my players are incredibly disciplined.

"They really know about the situation, but it sometimes it doesn't work out and we are in the situation like this. The rest is for Mo and me and we have already had that conversation."

Klopp also confirmed captain Jordan Henderson is out of the game against Leicester due to an injury he picked up playing for England, with Klopp admitting he is "happy" the international break is now over.

"The situation is difficult for all of us," he added. "UEFA cancelled the European Championships last summer, so we can't tell them not to play international football now.

"Now we have the most intense period without international football and it is good to have them around for the next three months."

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