Mohamed Salah named Premier League Player of the Month for December 2017

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You can read the full exclusive interview with the 2017 CAF African Player of the Year, during which he also chats about his hard time at Chelsea and how Liverpool can beat Manchester City on Sunday, in this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 1055.

Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk was also in training as he prepared to make his league bow for his new club.

And the duo have given manager Jurgen Klopp a timely boost ahead of Sunday's showdown with the Premier League leaders.

They report that following a groin injury "he has responded well to treatment, and as it stands is in line to be available at the weekend".

Salah has been a revelation since joining Liverpool from AS Roma last summer for €42 million, scoring 23 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions.

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While former Manchester City striker Sturridge, who has been linked with a move away from Anfield this month due to lack of game time, has recovered from illness and a muscle injury.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino, his compatriot, on Wednesday posted a message on Instagram saying "Liverpool is no longer the same without" the "magical" Coutinho.

Man City beat Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad earlier in the season.

With Salah likely restored alongside Mane and Firmino on Sunday, the Reds could stand a chance of becoming the first side to defeat City in the English top flight this campaign.

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