By Harry Sykes

Mohamed Salah is a major doubt for Liverpool’s opening Champions League group game against Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night due to illness.

The Merseyside giants are sweating on the fitness of the wide forward after he was sent home by the club’s medical staff on Tuesday with a sore throat.

Liverpool Echo correspondent James Pearce claimed on his personal Twitter account that the £37million summer signing is in a race against time to be fit for his club’s Champions League opener.

Liverpool insist it was simply a precaution but having sat out training on Tuesday afternoon Salah is in line to miss the clash with the La Liga outfit.

Salah’s absence would be a massive blow as the pacy winger has scored three goals in his opening six matches for the Reds and added some new thrust to an already dangerous front line.

A fine start to his Liverpool career was rewarded with the Liverpool Player of the Month award for August.

Should Salah miss out, it could open the door for Philippe Coutinho to return to the team after missing the opening month of the campaign with a back injury.

Liverpool will be desperate to improve on their last meeting with Sevilla after they lost 3-1 to the La Liga side in the 2016 Europa League final.

The Merseyside giants host Sevilla at Anfield as they kickstart their Champions League campaign in Group E, with fixtures also scheduled against Spartak Moscow and Maribor.

In other Liverpool news, personal terms have been agreed as the Merseysiders finalise the signing of a big-name ace in January.

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