Liverpool star Mohamed Salah scores for Egypt vs Congo – but it could be BAD news for Reds
Salah’s Egypt were taking on DR Congo in their second group game of the competition.
The Liverpool star’s goal meant his side went two goals ahead before the half-time interval.
Egypt only needed a win this evening to secure their place in the next round of the tournament they are hosting.
And Salah’s goal looks to have secured his country’s passage to the knockout stages.
But this is potentially bad for Liverpool.
A long season with the Merseyside outfit has left Salah tired coming into this year’s African Cup of Nations.
And even more games at this summer’s tournament means he may have to delay his return to Merseyside for pre-season training next month.
Speaking earlier this month, Egypt assistant manager Tito Garcia claimed Salah wasn’t going to be used as a central striker in the opening game of the tournament due to the fact he seemed fatigued.
“We considered using him as a striker against Zimbabwe from the game’s start, but Salah was not in top form physically due to his long season with Liverpool, so he started in his regular position,” he said.
“Salah, with his great capacities, is capable of playing in any position and performing well.”
Salah was used down the middle tonight as he found the net with a well-taken goal – and fans certainly enjoyed it.
“The Egyptian king @MoSalah doing what he does best #AFCON,” one Egypt supporter said.
“Second goal for Egypt from the man @MoSalah. Sooo brilliant,” another tweeted.
“What a well composed finish from Mohamed Salah to get his first goal in the AFCON,” said one Liverpool supporter.
“Mohamed Salah does it again. Our king,” one added.
Liverpool will be hoping to have Salah back fighting fit for pre-season.
But former Arsenal defender Lauren admits both he and Sadio Mane will need time to rest.
“Whatever happens, Liverpool will need to start the season without Salah and Mane, as they will need a good couple of weeks to rest and recuperate,” he said this month.
“Otherwise their level will drop during the season. Players will be mentally and physically exhausted and will need a few weeks to recuperate before heading into the new Premier League season.
“If they don’t get the rest, there will be a chance that their Premier League campaign will be impacted by a slow start as the players are just too tired to play.
“This could be trouble for Liverpool as both Salah and Mane will likely be involved in the latter stages of the African Cup of Nations.”