Mohamed Salah is confident he will be fit to play against Merseyside rivals Everton on the weekend, having had a scan on the groin injury he sustained in the Champions League victory over Manchester City.
The Egyptian star was spotted leaving the hospital on Thursday afternoon and replied with a thumbs up after being asked if he will be available for Saturday’s crunch clash.
He appeared to be in high spirits and seemed to be in no pain as he walked around freely with a friend before leaving in a white Mercedes.
Earlier in the day, Salah arrived at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground but was promptly sent for a scan at the city’s Spire Hospital to assess the extent of the damage to his groin.
He arrived at the hospital at around 11.40am and left around 40 minutes later. Salah was asked by a couple of young autograph hunters whether he would be playing in Saturday’s Merseyside derby but he merely smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp faces the prospect of leaving Salah, his side’s star player this season, out of Saturday’s clash in a bid to ensure he is fit to face City again on Tuesday.
Liverpool will take a commanding 3-0 lead to the Etihad following another famous European night under the lights at Anfield on Wednesday.
Salah has been in sensational form for Liverpool since his summer move from Roma and has 29 Premier League goals already this season.
It was the Egyptian who scored the opening goal against Pep Guardiola’s side before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane deepened the wounds in an electric opening 30 minutes.
The Reds’ high spirits were tempered somewhat when, seven minutes into the second half, Salah was forced off with a groin injury and replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum.
Fans hoped his withdrawal was merely precautionary from the German boss but he faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s early kick-off at Goodison Park.
Asked if Salah’s injury was serious, Klopp told BT Sport: ‘I hope not. He said to me immediately after the game “all fine, all good” and we hope that’s the case. We have to wait for that.’