Pep Lijnders has responded to claims about Mohamed Salah not being committed enough to Egypt.
The assistant manager has been speaking to the media ahead of the clash with Fulham at Craven Cottage on Wednesday evening.
Fulham have given the Reds some tough matches this season, with Jurgen Klopp’s men having to come from behind on both occasions.
Fulham upset Liverpool with three goals in a wild Premier League encounter at Anfield in December.
Before Trent Alexander-Arnold came up with a game-winning goal late to make it 4-3, the Reds appeared to be losing that one.
And once more, Liverpool had to overcome a 1-0 deficit to win the first leg of the semi-final at Anfield.
Stepping away from the fixture, assistant manager Pep Lijnders has addressed Ahmed Hassan’s claims that Mohamed Salah ‘should stay with the team no matter what, even if he only had one leg to stand on.’
Now Pep Lijnders has responded, saying:
“The one who you should never doubt the commitment of is Mohamed Salah.”
“I never met a player or human being whose more committed to being the life of a professional football player.”
“I know the country is devasted, losing him – we were devasted to hear that he got injured.”
“The only reason why their medical team and our medical team decided for him to come back is to give him the best possible chance to be available in the final – if Egypt win the final.”
On the nature of the injury compared to Salah’s almost flawless injury record, the Dutchman said:
“Because of the first message that came out that it would probably be a few days or one week.”
“Then they did a detailed scan and then it came out that it was a proper tear in his hamstring.”
“So, it means that his expected return to play is between three to four weeks – if everything goes smoothly and correctly.”
“Knowing Mo, it will go right because of he treated and respected his body before.”
“What I’m really happy about is the medical team of Egypt and the medical team of Liverpool really worked together.”
“It’s an example of club football and international football should co-operate – to put the player in the centre.”