Mohamed Salah played for Egypt on Friday in Alexandria (Picture: Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah is returning to Liverpool from international duty earlier than expected as he will be rested for Egypt’s friendly against Liberia on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old scored twice in the 3-0 win over Niger in Alexandria on Friday, taking his tally for his country to 49 goals in 86 appearances.

The Egypt hierarchy has decided that there is no need for him to play against Liberia this week after 90 minutes of action on Friday and he is heading back to Merseyside early.

A statement from the Egypt FA read: ‘The technical staff of the Egyptian national team preferred to rest Mohamed Salah and Mostafa Mohamed for the Liberia friendly after both took part in the previous match against Niger.’

It is good news for Jurgen Klopp as Salah is not injured and will face no more risk of picking up a fitness problem while away with his national side.

After an inconsistent start to the season, Liverpool need to find their rhythm after the international break and will start trying to do so against Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, before hosting Rangers in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is another Liverpool superstar who will play no further part in the international break after being left out of England’s squad for the Nations League clash with Germany on Monday night.

The 23-year-old has struggled to convince Gareth Southgate throughout his tenure as England boss, despite excellent performances for Liverpool.

The likes of Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier and Reece James all appear to be ahead of Alexander-Arnold in Southgate’s thoughts on the right of defence as England prepare for their final game before this winter’s World Cup.

Klopp will also be hoping that the trio of Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson and Ibrahima Konate are back from injury for Saturday, with all three pushing for a return this week.


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