Salah to miss first Liverpool pre-season friendly

Date published: Wednesday 12th July 2017 8:30

Liverpool’s new signing Mohamed Salah will not feature in their first pre-season friendly at Tranmere because of immigration protocol.

The Egypt international, a £34.3million signing from Roma, began training at Melwood on Saturday a few days later than the rest of the squad.

However, standard immigration procedure requires him to leave the country and then return.

“Mo Salah is here in training but cannot play because of the rules, so that’s what we have to accept,” manager Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com.

“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.”

Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho will also not feature at Prenton Park as they only returned to training on Tuesday after an extended summer break following international commitments.

The England international is looking forward to playing alongside the Brazilian again.

“He’s in great shape. I can’t wait to see the ‘Little Magician’ back on the pitch again,” he said.

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