Jurgen Klopp says any Mohamed Salah sanction is private after Liverpool star attends family wedding


Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was filmed at his brother's wedding earlier this month not adhering to social distancing measures

Mohamed Salah at brother's wedding.

Jurgen Klopp insists any Liverpool grievances over Mohamed Salah attending his brother's wedding in Egypt will remain private.

Salah tested positive for coronavirus while on duty for his country last week and returned to England on Friday after a private plane was chartered to bring him back to London with Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny.

As a result of the test, Salah will miss Sunday's visit from Leicester as he continues to undergo the isolation period having being declared positive for the virus for a third time on Thursday.

Salah came under fire during the international break after he was filmed at his brother's wedding failing to adhere to social distancing rules.

And while those guidelines differ in Salah's homeland, some have questioned the wisdom of not wearing a mask or sticking to the measures that are in place across the UK.

Klopp , though, says any issue between club and player will stay out of the public domain after admitting it can be difficult to maintain such discipline.

The Liverpool boss referenced a party he was invited to in Germany back in the summer, saying it was tough for him to stay away after his friends had initially organised the plans around his attendance.

"If he knew [he was going to the wedding] or not, is private," Klopp said. "Honestly, we cannot start giving little pieces of information.

"What I can tell you, in the summer I was in Germany, a friend moved his birthday party only because of me.

"Fifty people attended there and I decided at the last minute not to go – and that was only a birthday party and it was allowed in Germany.

"I said what I said. I did not go to the birthday party and it was really hard for me not to go because everyone was waiting for me. That is what I wanted to explain.

"It was really hard but these are the situations we are in from time to time.

"I am 53 now and maybe I don't have that many birthday parties left in me, so it was really hard for me to decide so that is one thing about the situation we are all living in now.

"I am sitting here telling the people about the wedding and stuff like this.

"We spoke about it and all the rest I am not too interested in. I am not 100 per cent sure about Egypt rules to be honest, but it is similar [to the UK]."

Klopp said the 10-goal top scorer will return to the fold as soon as a COVID-19 test is returned negative.

The Reds boss added: "As long as he is positive, he cannot be back with the team but he has been positive for a while so he will get tested again.

"If that shows up negative then we will follow the procedure and the process and see when Mo is available for us again."

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