Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp recognises social pressure on Covid-positive Mohamed Salah

Egyptian striker will miss Sunday's game against Leicester after attending his brother's wedding

File photo dated 07-05-2019 of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (left) and manager Jurgen Klopp PA Photo. Issue date: Friday November 20, 2020. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s stance on attending public gatherings during the Covid-19 pandemic is at odds with Mohamed Salah’s and he has spoken to the forward about his positive coronavirus test while back home in Egypt. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read Peter Byrne/PA Wire.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refused to blame Mohamed Salah after the forward contracted Covid-19 having attended his brother's wedding in Egypt, although the German said that he would personally avoid social engagements.

Videos emerged of Salah dancing during the wedding ceremony without a face mask or socially distancing, with the 28-year-old later testing positive for coronavirus before Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations clash against Togo last week.

Salah, who is joint leading scorer in the Premier League this season with eight goals, returned another positive test on Wednesday and is set to miss Sunday's clash against league leaders Leicester City.

"He is flying back today. I've been in close contact with him. When you have a negative test, the process starts. He has had no symptoms. Nothing to say in public about the situation," Klopp said.

"I was in Germany in the summer and a friend moved a birthday party for me and I decided not to go. It was allowed. In other countries there's more social pressure and a brother's wedding is a special moment. My players are incredibly disciplined."

Champions Liverpool are faced with a mounting injury crisis before the clash against league leaders Leicester. Defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are set to miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was injured in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City earlier this month, and captain Jordan Henderson, who injured his leg on international duty with England, are also sidelined for Sunday's match but Klopp has warned his players not to wallow in self-pity.

"There's no season when you don't have injury problems. It is always the same, it's slightly different in that a lot of players in the same position have got injured and seriously injured, which makes it tricky," he said.

"Nobody here feels sorry for ourselves, it's just the situation. At the moment it hits you but the next moment you are in the solution process."

Klopp confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Fabinho and Spaniard Thiago Alcantara are close to full fitness after overcoming a hamstring and knee injuries respectively.