Jurgen Klopp understands Mohamed Salah would be keen to play on the final day of the Premier League season and clinch the Golden Boot, but neither Liverpool nor the player are willing to take any risks with his fitness.
Salah sustained a groin injury in Liverpool’s FA Cup final win over Chelsea last weekend and missed the midweek victory at Southampton that keeps the Reds in contention for the title.
There could yet be a double celebration for Klopp’s men on Sunday, with City only one point ahead while Salah (22 goals) narrowly leads Son Heung-min (21) in the scoring charts.
But given Liverpool also have the Champions League final against Real Madrid to consider the final week, they have to be sure Salah is fit to play.
The winger – who has been nominated for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Conor Gallagher and Declan Rice – is not the cup winners’ only injury concern either.
Virgil van Dijk (knee) was also injured at Wembley, while Fabinho (hamstring) hobbled out of the prior match against Aston Villa. Joe Gomez, who has a history of serious injuries, had an ankle problem at Southampton.
“Joe has good news,” Klopp said ahead of Sunday’s match against Wolves. “We want a reassuring further scan, but the first was like he and we thought after the game – we were lucky.
“It was a proper knock, but nothing happened. It’s the leg where he was injured, so I understand 100 per cent everyone was concerned; I was, until I saw Joe’s face in the dressing room, because most of the time we know best about our body.
“The result of this [second] scan is not here yet, but we don’t expect anything really different. It’s just about reassuring it’s all fine.
“And then from there, we go. If it’s fine, then it’s about pain: how can he deal with pain? We’ll see what Joe can do today or tomorrow, but I don’t know at the moment.
“With the other boys, it looks all good. What we do with them at the weekend, I have no idea.
“I understand 100 per cent the goalscoring battle with Son Heung-min, but there is no chance we take any risk; Mo doesn’t want to take any risk, there’s no doubt about that.
“But it looks good, the boys made steps. We will see.
“My preferred solution would be they all could play at the weekend, for rhythm reasons, stuff like this, or at least could be on the bench and we could bring them on or not. But if not, then we take it from there. I cannot say 100 per cent.”