Liverpool are left sweating over a fitness test to see whether they will be without top-scorer Mohamed Salah for their game against Burnley on Monday.
Salah scored twice as Liverpool came from behind to beat Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday, but the win was dampened as the Egyptian limped off in the 83rd minute.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted they are unclear as to what the problem is and will need their medical team to assess the situation further.
“I don’t know in this moment exactly [what it is], but he was limping,” Klopp told his post-match press conference, as reported by Liverpool’s official website.
“That’s never a good sign, to be honest.
“We have to see what his problem was. We will see what he can do for the next game.”
Salah’s brace against Leicester took his tally to 23 goals in all competitions so far this season, more than any Liverpool player managed in the entirety of the 2016/17 campaign.
‘Salah’s start at Liverpool the best ever?’ – Jamie Carragher
Following the win against Leicester, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher took to Twitter to suggest Salah has enjoyed the best start at the club of any player ever.
Great win that for @LFC played well after a poor start, but Mo Salah’s start must be the best ever for the club?!! #LIVLEI
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 30, 2017
“Great win that for [Liverpool… they] played well after a poor start, but Mo Salah’s start must be the best ever for the club?!!” wrote Carragher on Twitter.
Compared to another player who had been hailed for their fast start at Liverpool, Fernando Torres, Salah’s record looks even more impressive.
An instant hero at Anfield, Torres managed just 15 goals in all competitions at the half-way stage of his first season, eight fewer than Salah – who doesn’t have the advantage Torres had of playing down the middle.
Playing on the wing, Salah uses his pace well to get passed his defenders, switching between cutting inside and going down the line.
The Egyptian has completed 48 take-ons so far this season, the fifth highest in the Premier League
And Liverpool manager Klopp has backed Salah not only to take his fine form into the new year, but to improve on it.
“Yes, he can keep that standard, for sure,” Klopp told reporters.
“He is still a young player, he can improve. It’s not about scoring only, it’s about other situations as well. He’s so important for us.
“But he knows and I know that he couldn’t score if he didn’t have the fantastic support of all the other boys.”
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