Liverpool’s Klopp urges caution with Salah ahead of return

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said the club want to be careful with Mohamed Salah after the forward returned to training following a hamstring injury ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie against Sparta Prague.

Salah’s return provides a timely boost for the Premier League leaders ahead of their round of 16, first-leg clash in Prague and Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City at Anfield.

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“Mo Salah has travelled with us, he’s trained for two days and is full of energy,” Klopp said in a news conference on Wednesday.

“We want to be careful, but this is a super intense period of the season. We want to use him. It’s just good news.”

Salah, who has scored 19 goals for Liverpool this season in all competitions, was injured while representing Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations. He has not played since Feb. 17 when he came off the bench and scored in a 4-1 win at Brentford.

“It was an unlikely situation where he had so long out, played an incredible game [versus] Brentford and then was out, that is how it is,” Klopp said.

Klopp said it is not his decision whether Egypt captain Salah will join up with his national team during the international break later this month for a friendly against New Zealand.

“That will be decided by a different department. Let’s see how long he can play now,” he said. “It’s not up to me, we’re not involved.”

Midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai will also be available, having played his first league minutes over the weekend after more than a month out with a hamstring injury as well.