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Michael Owen says it is ‘a bit of a shock to the system’ that Mohamed Salah is injured for Liverpool.

The Egypt international returned from the Africa Cup of Nations recently after suffering a muscle injury against Ghana on Thursday.

Rather than stay in the Ivory Coast, Mohamed Salah flew back to Liverpool to receive further treatment and now it’s the news all at Anfield were dreading.

According to the player’s agent, the 31-year-old could now face up to a month on the sidelines, which would be a body blow to his team’s Premier League title chances.

Jurgen Klopp’s side thrashed in-form Bournemouth 4-0 on Sunday to move five points clear at the top – Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota starred for their team.

Of the matches Mohamed Salah can miss, the biggest, on paper, is the trip to Arsenal, including possibly the League Cup final.

Aside from that, Michael Owen thinks Liverpool have games that they should be able to win without their star forward, as he told Premier League Productions (22/01/24 at 10:45 pm).

Mohamed Salah’s injury

“Mo Salah simply doesn’t get injured, does he?!” said Owen. “So, it’s a bit of a shock to the system, at the moment.

“It’s not the worst of runs for Liverpool (games Salah could miss). This Arsenal game could be a real tough one. You think they could comfortably win the other games. Chelsea at home isn’t easy. But you think they could win the other games without a Mo Salah.

“Of course, the League Cup final could be a huge game as well. You would like to think, by all reports, that he would be back for that. But hamstring injuries are notoriously, you don’t want to re-injure yourself. Kevin de Bruyne did earlier on in the season. I did it many times.

“Of course, when you are going for the title and you are so important like Mo Salah is, then you don’t want to be missing any games.”

Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez

No-one is going to be surprised by what Jota is producing, in terms of his finishing ability and calmness in front of the goal.

But Nunez’s most-recent performance was massive for the player and his confidence.

This was the club’s big-money signing stepping up when the team needed him most and proving that he could do it without Salah.

Yes, it’s a blow to the Reds that Salah will be absent, but this could just prove to be a blessing in disguise for a player like Nunez because this could now make him.

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