Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that new signing Mohamed Salah will not make his debut in their pre-season friendly at Vanarama National League club Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday night.
Rovers will be hoping for a bumper crowd as they host their Premier League neighbours but the added attraction of Salah making his first appearance in a Reds shirt.
However, the £36.9m signing will now miss the trip to Prenton Park due to issues surrounding his work permit.
Speaking to the Liverpool website Klopp explained “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,”
“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.”
Rovers faced Liverpool in July 2016 and a number of first team players turned out for Klopp’s side.
A Danny Ings goal handed the visitors a 1-0 win at Prenton Park, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Joel Matip all starting for the Premier League club.
Salah will not feature for the Reds and it remains to be seen whether their other new addition – striker Dominic Solanke – will make his bow at Prenton Park.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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