Mohamed Salah will miss Liverpool’s pre-season friendly at Tranmere Rovers

11 July 2017

New signing Mohamed Salah is unavailable for Wednesday’s opening pre-season friendly at Tranmere as he is still waiting for a work permit.


Salah completed his £36.9 million move from AS Roma towards the end of June, and joined up with his new team-mates at Melwood on Saturday.

But while the Egyptian is now training as part of Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team squad, he won’t be able to turn out for the Reds as they kick-off pre-season at Prenton Park.

He is required to exit the country and return in order to finalise his work permit, leaving him out of action.

Mo Salah is here in training but cannot play because of the rules, so that’s what we have to accept,” explained Klopp.

“We will try to get the working permission or the visa, I’m not sure what it is we need to get.

“But we have to go to Paris and leave him there for a day or two and then he’ll come back. We are hopeful he can play soon.”

This could also see Salah miss out on Friday night’s trip to take on Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium, as Liverpool round off their two-game domestic opener.

However, he is set to be available for the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, with the Reds set to take on Crystal Palace on July 19 and one of Leicester or West Brom on July 22.

Given he only began pre-season training at the weekend, Salah was always likely to come into the fold later, so this should not be a major concern for Klopp.

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