Fresh blow for Liverpool as Mohamed Salah tests positive for Covid-19

  • Forward does not have symptoms but will now isolate
  • Injury-hit Liverpool set to lose another player for Leicester visit
Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19, the Egyptian FA have announced. The Liverpool forward attended a family wedding in recent days where he was seen dancing with guests and not wearing a mask
Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19, the Egyptian FA have announced. The Liverpool forward attended a family wedding in recent days where he was seen dancing with guests and not wearing a mask. Photograph: Peter Powell/Reuters
Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19, the Egyptian FA have announced. The Liverpool forward attended a family wedding in recent days where he was seen dancing with guests and not wearing a mask. Photograph: Peter Powell/Reuters

Last modified on Fri 13 Nov 2020 23.36 EST

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has tested positive for Covid-19, the Egyptian Football Association has announced.

The governing body said a medical swab taken from the 28-year-old came back positive but said the player was not suffering from any symptoms. The EFA said Salah was now isolating, and that he would be “subject to more checks in the coming hours”.

Salah, who has been in sensational form for Liverpool this season, scoring 10 goals in only 13 appearances, attended a family wedding earlier on during this international break, with footage showing him dancing with fellow guests and, on more than one occasion, not wearing a mask.

Hours later, the Egyptian FA confirmed Salah had provided a “second positive test for coronavirus.”

The positive tests should not sideline the 28-year-old for long provided he remains asymptomatic or develops only mild symptoms. Liverpool are not due to play again until their Premier League encounter with Leicester on 22 November.

The news is yet another setback for Jürgen Klopp who already this season has lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to serious knee injuries and had to cope with Alisson, Joël Matip, Fabinho, Thiago Alcântara and Trent Alexander-Arnold also being sidelined with knocks. Thiago and Sadio Mané have also had to self-isolate during the campaign having themselves contracted Covid-19.