The Egyptian superstar is back in training following a second negative test for COVID-19.
Two weeks after returning a positive test for COVID-19 while on International duty and entering into self-isolation in Egypt, Mohamed Salah is now back in full training with Liverpool and expected to face Atalanta after returning a second negative test.
That was Jürgen Klopp’s verdict at his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie against Atalanta, the Reds’ fourth group stage match and a chance to mathematically ensure their place in the knockout rounds with a victory.
“Mo trained today and looked really, really good,” the Liverpool manager said during a break in preparations for tomorrow night’s game at Anfield. “He has another negative test, like the rest, so he is available and now we will have to see what we can do with that.”
The manager wouldn’t be drawn on commenting on other players specifically, though, saying only that “one looks closer and the other not so much” when asked about the likes of missing midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Thiago re-joined training ahead of the weekend but wasn’t fit to make the bench against Leicester City, and so there seems some reason to hope he will at least be in the squad on Wednesday evening—though it could also be Henderson nearing a return.
Shaqiri, meanwhile, is out due to an unspecified muscle injury that occured while he was on international duty—with Klopp revealing over the weekend the player hadn’t been aware of it until returning to Liverpool and undergoing a scan.
Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Dennis will miss his club Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund tonight.
The striker was reportedly dropped for the game for disciplinary issues after he stormed off the team bus on Monday.
According to a report on Het Laatste Nieuws, the 22-year-old striker stormed off the team bus angrily after he couldn’t get to sit in his favourite seat.
Club Brugge coach Phillipe Clemente also confirmed his media chat on Tuesday that he won’t feed the player for the match at the Signal Iduna Park, but he failed to confirmed
Prior to the incident, Dennis has featured in all club Brugge previous matches in the competition this season and was on the score sheet once.
He scored twice last season in 2 – 2 away to Real Madrid in matchday one, but Club Brugge failed to advance to the round of 16.
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Liverpool are reportedly one of the sides interested in Nigeria and Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze.
Reports from Spanish taboid, La Razon claimed the Jugen Kloop side are keen on bringing the pacy winger to the Anfield next summer.
The 21-year-old has a £71m release clause in his contract on the four years contract he signed last summer and it is understood that Villarreal could lower their asking price should they received concrete offer for the player.
Chukwueze has been on the steady rise since making his debut for the Yellow Submarine club two seasons ago and also featured constantly for Villarreal.
Chukwueze was the hero for Villarreal last weekend as he came off the bench to win the penalty that earned the Unai Emery side a point against Real Madrid.
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A Board member of Kano Pillars football club Ahmed Tijani has slammed the club’s newly appointed foreign coach.
Speaking to brila.net Tijani said ever since the inception of the French tactician – there has been no sign of intelligence and pillars has been performing below expectations against lowly rated sides.
“We have seen his plan, if a coach is coming to a team, an expatriate who has a Uefa license certificate as they said, certainly he should bring new ideas”.
“Even from the training, you will know but this one has not brought anything, Nasarawa united thrashed pillars five zero in a friendly match in Kaduna, is this man a coach? He is nothing near a coach”, he stated.
“Pillars has-been playing lowly rated teams pillars have been struggling to win by close margins, infact there is a match we played with an academy team that we ended up with 1-1.”
Kano Pillars management recently appointed the French man Lionel Emmanuel Soccoia as new coach ahead of the next months CAF confederation cup preliminary rounds.
Soccoia whose preferred formation is 4-4-2 last job as head coach was at South African club, Black Leopards in September 2019.
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The former technical committee chairman of the Nff, Christopher Green has advised the Nff to adopt the FIFA style of committee for transparency.
Speaking to brila.net, Green stated that adopting an independent ethics committee, will enhance transparency in the operational process of the federation.
“It will be impressive if the Nigeria football federation can adopt the FIFA style is using now, instead of going to CAS or to the high courts.
“So, we should do it here in Nigeria football federation, we will not be hearing any type of side talks and also police cases will be a thing of the past.
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