Soccer Football - Premier League - Crystal Palace vs Liverpool - Selhurst Park, London, Britain - March 31, 2018 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their second goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
CAIRO – 22 June 2018: Liverpool’s English defender, Trent Alexander-Arnold, believes that his Egyptian teammate, Mohamed Salah, will be better next season after the injury prevented him from leading Egypt to shine at the World Cup.
“It’s not good to see one of your teammates not being able to take part in the first game of the World Cup for his nation in such a long time, he played a vital part in getting them there,” the defender said.
Salah scored five out of Egypt’s seven goals in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers to lead the national team to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
Salah missed Egypt’s opening game at the competition against Uruguay as he failed to recover from the shoulder injury he picked at the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Salah started Egypt’s second game against Russia but he failed to save his team from losing 3-1 to the hosts with Salah scoring the only goal for Egypt from a penalty.
Arnold added: “I haven’t spoken to him, he’s in his team camp and it’s important for him to be with his national team at the minute and focus on getting his win in a World Cup when he plays again in the third game.”
Salah and his teammates will end their participation at the World Cup on Monday when they face their Arab rivals, Saudi Arabia.
The English defender who shared with Salah the right flank at Liverpool last season said, “I’m sure he’ll bounce back and next season he’ll come back fresh and better and stronger.”