Salah limps off af­ter scor­ing from cor­ner

Liver­pool star ends drought in Egypt’s 4-1 win

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>> CAIRO: Liver­pool star Mo­hamed Salah scored di­rect from a cor­ner but was later in­jured as Egypt romped to a 4-1 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fy­ing win over eSwa­tini on Fri­day.

The striker went down hold­ing his leg as the Group J match drew to a close in Cairo, re­sumed af­ter re­ceiv­ing treat­ment, and was al­most im­me­di­ately with­drawn.

Speak­ing af­ter the match, Egypt as­sis­tant coach Hany Ramzy told BeIN Sports: “The ini­tial di­ag­no­sis, ac­cord­ing to the team doc­tor, is a strong mus­cle strain. It is not a tear, I think it is not se­ri­ous.”

A spokesman for the team’s med­i­cal depart­ment told the www.Kooora. com web­site: “He [Salah] had a light strain, we will do a scan as soon as pos­si­ble.

“I doubt he can play next Tues­day. We will be sure af­ter the scan,” he added, re­fer­ring to the re­turn match against eSwa­tini (for­merly Swazi­land) in Manzini.

Af­ter scor­ing 44 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions dur­ing his first sea­son at An­field, the striker has net­ted only three this term, with just one since Au­gust.

Salah net­ted twice and missed two penal­ties when record sev­en­time African cham­pi­ons Egypt ham­mered Niger 6-0 last month in an­other qual­i­fier.

With eSwa­tini ranked even lower than Niger, there were ex­pec­ta­tions that Salah could get back on the goal trail at the Al Salam Sta­dium.

He blasted a shot wide with Egypt three goals ahead be­fore curl­ing a cor­ner into the net on the stroke of half-time.

Salah fluffed a chance to net again by miss­ing from in­side the box dur­ing the se­cond half af­ter com­bin­ing with Arse­nal mid­fielder Mo­hamed El­neny.

Cap­tain Ahmed El­mo­hamady, Amr Warda and Mah­moud Has­san also scored for Egypt and Si­bonginkosi Gamedze snatched a late eSwa­tini goal.

Tu­nisia, who hosted Niger yes­ter­day, and Egypt have six points each in a mini-league both seem cer­tain to qual­ify from for the 2019 Cup of Na­tions in Cameroon.

Mean­while, Juer­gen Klopp says he does not want to be re­mem­bered as the “fun” Liver­pool man­ager who failed to win silverware as ex­pec­ta­tions rise that the club can break their long tro­phy drought.

The Ger­man man­ager cel­e­brated his three-year an­niver­sary at An­field this week but has not tasted suc­cess de­spite tak­ing the club to three fi­nals.

At his pre­sen­ta­tion as Liver­pool man­ager in Oc­to­ber 2015 he pledged to win a “ti­tle” within four years. But af­ter three tro­phy near-misses, the last in May’s Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal against Real Madrid, he ad­mits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.

Liver­pool’s last ma­jor tro­phy was the League Cup in 2012 but they have not been English cham­pi­ons since 1990.

“I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win some­thing but I’m sure this club will win some­thing,” he said in an in­ter­view with Premier League Pro­duc­tions. “I don’t know when so let’s have the best times of our lives un­til then.”

Klopp added: “No­body wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say ‘So the best time we had with­out win­ning any­thing was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff.”

Egypt’s Mo­hamed Salah re­acts af­ter sus­tain­ing an in­jury against eSwa­tini.

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