Danny Mills has claimed it would be “completely unnecessary” for Liverpool to rush Mo Salah back into action for this weekend’s Merseyside derby.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds United full-back argued that the Reds are so far ahead in the title race that there is no reason for Jurgen Klopp to risk his players if they are not completely match ready.
Salah missed out on Liverpool’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackburn Rovers recently, and was absent again for a training session at Melwood on Wednesday.
Despite those absences, however, Klopp has stopped short of ruling the Egypt international out of Sunday’s clash against Everton.
But Mills does not believe it would be worth risking the 28-year-old if he is carrying any kind of complaint.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “They’ve won it [the title], haven’t they? So it doesn’t really matter.
“Mo Salah would want to be there for the celebrations and everything else, but there’s no point in rushing him back in any way, shape, or form. It’s just daft and completely unnecessary. If he’s not quite ready for whatever reason, then you just wait.
“Liverpool have lost two games in two seasons – that’s it. They’ve been absolutely incredible in that period. Are they going to lose nine in a row? No, they’re not.
“Jurgen Klopp has the luxury where he can take his time. He can say to his top players ‘when you’re fit, when you’re ready, you can come back and play’. There’s no need to force it.”
Salah has hit 20 goals in 40 matches across all competitions for the Reds this season, including five in his last six Premier League outings.
He did miss out on the 5-2 derby victory against Everton earlier this season, however, watching the whole thing from the bench at the beginning of December.
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