Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, with the Gunners looking to maintain their title challenge
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was not spotted in training on Thursday afternoon, as the Reds prepare for Premier League leaders Arsenal’s visit on Sunday.
Salah came on as a second-half substitute in Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday, in a surprise move by manager Jurgen Klopp.
He has not been seen in training as Liverpool continued their preparations for Sunday’s match at Anfield against Mikel Arteta’s side.
The clubs are separated by an incredible 29 points, with Arsenal leading the table heading into the weekend’s action and Liverpool trailing the top four by 10 points.
Virgil van Dijk was pictured in training with Thiago and Luiz Diaz on Thursday, despite missing the 0-0 draw at Chelsea due to illness.
Diaz, who was injured when Arsenal beat Liverpool 3-2 earlier this season before suffering a setback during the World Cup break, has an outside chance of playing against the Gunners, according to Klopp.
Van Dijk is likely to return to the starting lineup, but Klopp’s pre-match press conference on Friday will provide an update on Thiago’s involvement. Salah is also expected to be updated.
Naby Keita, the midfielder, was photographed in training but did not appear to be working with the group, making his participation this weekend unlikely.
Arsenal lead Manchester City by eight points, with Pep Guardiola’s team visiting Southampton on Saturday evening. The Gunners have played one more game than last season’s champions and could see their lead cut to five points ahead of the Merseyside clash on Sunday.
Liverpool have been a threat at home despite their struggles this season. This season, the Reds have defeated Manchester City and Newcastle United at Anfield, and they thrashed Manchester United 7-0 last month. Arsenal’s last victory at the stadium was a 2-0 victory in September 2012.