London: Jurgen Klopp moved to allay fears over Mohammad Salah’s left ankle problem, saying his departure five minutes before the end of Premier League leaders Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur was a precautionary measure.
The 27-year-old Egyptian star — who had missed the previous match with Manchester United due to the injury — scored the decisive goal to bring up his half century of goals at Anfield.
Salah, who reached the landmark in 58 matches with only Roger Hunt getting there faster, has a few days to rest up before Saturday’s away game at Aston Villa as he was highly unlikely to feature in Wednesday’s League Cup clash with Arsenal.
“It’s the ankle, the ankle he has struggled with since the Leicester game,” said Klopp.
“It’s good but the longer the game goes the muscles get a bit tired, stuff like this, [and] if you get a knock on it then you feel it more.
“It makes no sense to try to push it through because we had other players, still options to change, and that’s what we did. No, nothing serious.”
League Cup fixtures
All matches 11.45pm
Everton v Watford
Manchester City v Southampton
Burton Albion v Leicester City
Crawley Town v Colchester United
Oxford United v Sunderland
Liverpool v Arsenal, 11.30pm
Aston Villa v Wolves, 11.45pm
Chelsea v Manchester United, 12.05am