Will Mohamed Salah play for Liverpool vs Man City? Latest injury news, updates ahead of Premier League game

For Mohamed Salah and Liverpool, it’s set to be an anxious few days as the Reds await to see if their top scorer will be fit enough to take on fellow Premier League title challengers Manchester City on March 10.

The Egyptian’s availability for the crucial encounter remains a hot topic as Liverpool’s injury concerns linger. Jurgen Klopp has been without several first-team players recently, forcing him to call upon players from the Liverpool youth set-up.

Salah suffered a hamstring injury back in January when he was on international duty for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations in January 2024. It was an issue that saw him leave the tournament early and return to Liverpool in an attempt to regain fitness.

The 31-year-old returned to action to face Brentford in February, scoring once and assisting another in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory. Unfortunately, he suffered more discomfort in the same hamstring in that game and Klopp has been unwilling to take risks since then.

The Sporting News takes a look at whether the star will be fit to face Man City, or indeed the UEFA Europa League match against Sparta Prague three days earlier.

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Will Mohamed Salah play for Liverpool vs Manchester City? 

With not long to go until Sunday’s potential title-deciding clash, Salah finds himself in a race against time to recover from his hamstring injury and make himself available for selection.

There was a real boost for the Reds on March 6, when Salah was seen taking part in team training as Liverpool prepared for their Europa League visit to Prague.

Salah’s returns against Man City have been impressive, with 11 goals and six assists against Pep Guardiola’s side, perhaps explaining the absence of the forward in Liverpool’s recent fixtures. He missed both the Carabao Cup final and Liverpool’s latest last-minute winner against Nottingham Forest.

Klopp most recently addressed Salah’s availability prior to the Europa League game on Thursday and said: “He is with us and has trained two days, he is full of energy, we have to see. But it is so good that he is back.

“It’s an unusual situation being that long out and then he came back against Brentford, played an incredible game and was then out again.

“Two days in team training: in a different situation players are not in the squad in this moment but now the situation makes sense.

“We want to be careful, we have to be careful but we’re in the middle of a super-intense period of the season and we need everyone.

“So let’s see how long we can use him and these kinds of things. Yes, it’s just good news,” he added.

The Reds are in action against Sparta Prague on Thursday, March 7 in the Europa League and it would be unwise and unlikely for Salah to be involved in such a game where Liverpool are the heavy favourites.

How Liverpool could line up vs Man City without Salah

With Arsenal also breathing down their necks, Liverpool’s need for Salah’s firepower becomes increasingly apparent. His potential return to the starting lineup would likely see him alongside Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz. That would almost certainly reignite Liverpool’s attacking prowess and provide the much-needed impetus in their quest for silverware, but in the event Salah is indeed unavailable, who could Klopp look to in his absence? 

Against Forest and in the Carabao Cup final, Klopp opted to utilise a front three of Diaz, Cody Gakpo, and Harvey Elliott. While the Reds continued their dominance in possession, they could only manage two shots on target at the City Ground, one being the 99th-minute winner from substitute Nunez.

The Uruguayan striker has had his own injury problems recently and is yet to complete 90 minutes of football in nearly a month. However, his goalscoring form is likely to see him included in the starting XI if he is fit, having scored in three consecutive appearances.

This could mean a Diaz-Nunez-Elliott front three is the favoured choice for Klopp against City if Salah is not able to start.

How Premier League title race looks before Liverpool vs. Man City

Liverpool head into matchweek 28 at the top of the table, a point ahead of Man City and two clear of Arsenal in third. The Gunners boast the best goal difference of the three with +45, six more than the Reds and 10 greater than the reigning champions.

English Premier League table 2023/24

Updated on Monday March 4, 2024

Pos Team Points Matches
Played
Goals
Scored
Goal
Difference
1. Liverpool 63 27 64 +39
2. Manchester City 62 27 62 +35
3. Arsenal 61 27 68 +45
4. Aston Villa 55 27 59 +22
5. Tottenham 50 26 55 +16
6. Manchester United 44 27 37 -2
7. West Ham 42 27 43 -4
8. Newcastle United 40 27 57 +12
9. Brighton 39 27 49 +5
10. Wolves 38 27 40 -3
11. Chelsea 36 26 44 +1
12. Fulham 35 27 39 -3
 13.  Bournemouth 31 26 35 -12
 13.  Crystal Palace 28 27 33 -14
15. Brentford 26 27 39 -11
16. Everton* 25 27 29 -8
17. Nottingham Forest 24 27 34 -15
 18.  Luton Town 20 26 35 -17
19. Burnley 13 27 25 -35
20. Sheffield United 13 27 22 -50

*Deducted 10 points for being found to have breached profit and sustainability rules. Punishment was reduced to six points on appeal, as confirmed on Feb 26.

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