Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to wish his star player Mohamed Salah good luck ahead of Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Salah recently left Liverpool squad after their match against Newcastle on Monday night to link up with his national teammates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on January 13, 2024.
The tournament could see Salah miss up to a month of games for Liverpool, depending on Egypt’s progress in the nation’s cup.
Salah’s absence is a big blow for Klopp’s men, as he has been one of the key players in their Premier League title challenge, scoring 14 goals in 20 games so far.
As a result, Klopp admitted he would be lying if he said he wished Salah the best ahead of the tournament. “We need him here,” Klopp said.
According to Liverpool’s manager, Klopp when asked by reporters what he told Salah and Endo, “I said if I wish you good luck it would be a lie. “I would be happy if they go out at the Group stage.”
Egypt are in a group with Cape Verde, Ghana and Mozambique. Salah will be key to their chances of winning their first AFCON title since 2010.