Mohamed Salah played the Champions League final while injured and again for Egypt as they secured a narrow win over Naby Keita’s Guinea, according to Egypt coach Ehab Galal.
The 54-year-old told his post-match press conference: “Salah was suffering from an injury and he insisted on playing. He refused to undergo scans before the game but now he will have all his tests.
“Salah’s presence is very important for the team on and off the pitch. The players have a lot of confidence in him and he gives them assurances and confidence.”
The winger suffered a groin injury while playing for Liverpool against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Jurgen Klopp subsequently rested him for the remaining Premier League games against Southampton and Wolves before he was named in the starting XI against Real Madrid.
He was then told by the club to rest but he chose to play for Egypt, according to Ismael Mamhoud, but will now undergo tests to ensure he is not seriously injured.
❗️𝙁𝙄𝙏𝙉𝙀𝙎𝙎 𝙐𝙋𝘿𝘼𝙏𝙀: Mohamed Salah will undergo tests after playing for Egypt.
He did not play the Champions League final fully fit, Liverpool asked to rest him in the Guinea match, but he insisted on playing.
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) June 5, 2022
Salah scored 31 goals and assisted 16 this season for Liverpool and while his levels dropped after AFCON, it’s still one of his best-ever seasons for the Reds.
He also won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup and came within a few goals of winning the quadruple but the Premier League and Champions League slipped out of Liverpool’s grasp.
It’s vital that Salah, who is valued at around £90m, gets all the rest he needs and uses his break to recharge his batteries, set his targets for the 2022/23 season and return motivated and focused to go again.
Jurgen Klopp is going to have to rely heavily on Salah with Sadio Mane set to leave the club for Bayern Munich if the Germans can reach an agreement over a transfer fee.