Liverpool fans watched on with trepidation last night, as Mohamed Salah returned from his shoulder ligament injury to face Russia at the World Cup. Carrying the hopes of his nation, the attacker did find the back of the net from the penalty spot – his 46th goal for club and country this season. However, Russia were already 3-0 up at the time and Salah’s Egypt look set for an early exit.
With Saudi Arabia facing Uruguay today a win or draw from the South American side will send Egypt and the Saudis home. Not many hold out hope of a shock here.
For Salah it is a shame he did not have the chance to showcase his best talents for his nation. Following his injury suffered at the hands of Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final his participation at the World Cup was always in doubt. It appears he was not yet ready.
The Liverpool man looked lethargic for much of the game. He also seemed to play with an element of fear, as if not yet fully recovered from the stress of his shoulder injury.
So what next?
As far as Liverpool fans are concerned, there is one option. If Egypt, as expected, are out of the World Cup by the final game then Salah should not play any part against Saudi Arabia.
As far as Liverpool’s fans are concerned their star player now needs a well-earned rest after a grueling season and recent troubles.
Whether or not Hector Cuper, the Egypt coach, will agree remains to be seen. But Liverpool fans will hope Salah soon has his feet up getting prepared mentally for pre-season training with Liverpool.
No doubt the Liverpool star deserves it…
Sad to see Egypt go out!but on the positive side of things!Mo Salah,gets a goal,and more of a rest for next season?
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) June 19, 2018
Gutted for Salah.
Let him have a well deserved rest and get him back at Melwood linking up with Naby.
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) June 19, 2018
To be honest, I think Liverpool fans is “happy” Egypt lost, so Salah comes back home quickly and rest for new season ?
— Charlott (@lili_charlott) June 19, 2018
Feel so gutted for Salah, such a proud Egyptian, and so badly wanted to succeed in this World Cup.
Well earned rest, needed.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) June 19, 2018
Well.. good news for Liverpool, salah won’t miss any part of pre-season.
Let him rest, we need him next fresh for next season.
— carlos_ayabatwa (@carlosAYABATWA) June 20, 2018
— Yashasva Tungare (@yashasva) June 20, 2018
Gutted for salah but at least now he gets a good rest before season starts
— dean hunter (@deanhunter10) June 19, 2018
Im sad but also happy that Salah can now get some well deserved rest and be ready to smash the EPL again.
— Avni_LFC (@AvniLfc) June 19, 2018
Funny but true!
Hope they rest #Salah for the last game. He is still clearly injured. Not to take anything away from #Russia, they played well enough to win. #WorldCup #EGY #EgyptVsRussia #allwrappedup https://t.co/mka6rHISyd
— Peter Footie (@BreatheFootie) June 19, 2018
Mohamed Salah should not play against Saudi Arabia he needs enough time to rest and recover
— Seif Taha (@seif25420822) June 19, 2018