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Salah returns to Liverpool after picking up injury

Salah is to return to Merseyside early from international duty. Credit: PA

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is to return to Merseyside early from international duty after sustaining an injury.

The 26-year-old was forced off with a muscle strain, having scored direct from a corner in Egypt’s 4-1 victory in an African Nations Cup qualifier in Cairo against Swaziland on Friday.

A decision has been made to release Salah from the squad ahead of Tuesday’s return fixture to allow him to receive treatment.

A statement from the Egyptian Football Association read: “Javier Aguirre has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest.

“During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle.

“He was examined medically and radiation was performed on the area of complaint after the game.”

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Fabinho believes he is adapting to life at Liverpool

Fabinho is yet to start a game for Liverpool in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Fabinho insists he is adapting well to English football despite making only three appearances for Liverpool so far.

The Brazilian midfielder, a summer signing from Monaco, has started only one game - the Carabao Cup defeat by Chelsea - and made two brief Champions League appearances, as a substitute.

Fabinho has been an unused substitute in the last four Premier League games, with Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and James Milner sharing the three midfield spots between them.

Milner's hamstring injury could potentially open the door for Fabinho, and he told liverpoolfc.com: "My process to adapt to English football has been very good. Since pre-season I believe I have understood the way Jurgen Klopp plays and the way the team plays.

"My relationship with my team-mates has also been very good, like Roberto Firmino, who has been helping me, and also Alisson.

"I'm playing a little bit more and that's important to me because it's important to adapt on the pitch by playing matches. It's a new experience for me because Klopp has a different style of work from the way I'm used to - but this is something I will learn.

"I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start. He is a coach who demands a lot from his players, not only in matches but also on a daily basis in training."

Liverpool's Alexander-Arnold loses to world chess champ

Alexander-Arnold had to settle for a place on the bench against Man City. Credit: PA

Liverpool's 'Grandmaster' Trent Alexander-Arnold met his match against world chess champion Magnus Carlsen on Monday.

The full-back, who turned 20 on Sunday, lost by checkmate to Carlsen in a match in Manchester which lasted five minutes and involved 17 moves.

Alexander-Arnold, who played in the match organised by the Kaspersky Lab and World Chess to promote the forthcoming World Chess Championship, said he was "proud" of his performance and hopes to inspire more young people to take up the game.

He added: "This whole experience has been an eye-opener, not only into just how much goes into becoming great at the game but also seeing the similarities between it and the sport I love, football.

"Football and chess can seem like polar sporting opposites, but there are so many similarities with the modern game.

"Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of a footballer and I guess that is true across most sports now. Although it may go down as a 1-0 loss, I will be practising more and maybe there will be a rematch."

Alexander-Arnold at least proved more of a match for Carlsen than Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who was beaten in nine moves.

The England defender received coaching from two of the country's most promising young chess players, Kyan Bui, 12, and Shreyas Royal, nine.

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De Bruyne could feature for Manchester City against Liverpool

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested Kevin de Bruyne could play against Liverpool on Sunday. Credit: PA

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested Kevin de Bruyne could play against Liverpool on Sunday.

The midfielder returned to training this week after a knee injury lay-off.

Asked if De Bruyne would be available, Guardiola said: "We will see tomorrow."

Guardiola also said Benjamin Mendy "came back to train" and was in contention but Gundogan is a doubt after a knock in midweek and Delph is still out.

The Manchester City manager is aware of the challenge Liverpool pose, saying: "Liverpool are a top side. They are one of the two greatest teams in England. They have a lot of weapons."

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