Mohamed Salah Liverpool Celebrity tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the Egyptian FA said in a statement. In tests carried out on the entire Egypt group, the FA initially said that Salah was the only person who tested positive for this deadly infection. However, in a source of confusion for the moment, that statement has now been deleted by the Egypt FA from all their social networking stations.
Whatever the case, it’s likely that Salah will now experience a second COVID-19 evaluation, to affirm the first positive test.
The Egyptian FA have now removed their statement which said Mohamed Salah had tested positive for #coronavirus.
— Caoimhe O’Neill (@CaoimheSport) November 13, 2020
In case Salah does test positive a second time, it will be another huge setback for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, that are addressing the loss of Joe Gomez to a knee injury.
Virgil van Dijk is ruled out as well, while Trent Alexander-Arnold will miss another four weeks from a calf injury. Liverpool does have a few options in their squad to replace Salah for the couple of games he is very likely to miss if he goes into self-isolation after another positive test.
If That’s the case, Salah is likely to miss a Few games – from Leicester City in the Premier League and from Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League.
Three players who Liverpool can use to fill the gap in Salah’s absence:
The prime candidate to substitute Salah in this Liverpool line-up is clearly Diogo Jota. The Portuguese have experienced a sensational influence since his summer move from Wolves.
In the last couple of weeks before the international break, Jota really shot into prominence for Klopp, scoring six goals in four matches, including a couple of decisive Premier League targets against Sheffield United and West Ham United.
“Jota also scored a hat-trick from Atalanta in Bergamo at the Champions League”
The largest positive for Klopp using Jota’s addition would be the Portuguese’s versatility. That would mean he can change functions with the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, and make it a fluid front for Liverpool.
In a previous couple of weeks, the Swiss global has fought his way back to Klopp’s plans after looking certain to leave the club in the summertime.
Shaqiri has been able to play in midfield, and as a right-winger in recent weeks, so that’s more of the positional versatility that Klopp enjoys employing in his teams.
Shaqiri has popped up with crucial contributions in recent games, playing critical roles in critical goals against Midtjylland and West Ham United.
One of the obvious differences between Shaqiri and Salah if they play on the ideal flank would stem from the absence of pace. That is where Liverpool will have to slightly change the way they play, and maybe make Sadio Mane the focus of the attack on the opposite flank.
That, in turn, would open up more space for Shaqiri along with the likes on the best.
The most unlikely alternative for Klopp to replace Salah would be giving more game-time to Takumi Minamino. The Japanese has struggled in recent games for Liverpool and hasn’t really nailed down a place in Klopp’s side.
The German has mostly utilized him as the most advanced of the three attackers, which might not suit his game.
Klopp has been willing to modify his system in recent weeks, using more of a 4-2-3-1 system being implemented.
Minamino being used at the no.10 function in a 4-2-3-1 could deliver the best out of him and Roberto Firmino as well.