Mon. May 16th, 2022

Both players could not play to the end but Liverpool believe they’ll return ahead of Champions League final on May 28.

Liverpool suffered a couple of casualties though they won the FA Cup which could present a major problem for their remaining games in 2021/22, including the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

 Mohamed Salah sat on the ground with an injury, one that forced Jurgen Klopp to substitute the Egyptian for Diogo Jota.

 Virgil van Dijk had to come off for Joel Matip, having felt discomfort too.

“I felt it in the first half when I sprinted, I felt a twinge behind my knee, but I played on,” the defender said afterwards.

“In the end, I can’t risk it for the team and I need to trust players like Joel Matip. Hopefully it will be fine.”

With two crucial Premier League games still to come for Liverpool, as well as the Champions League final in Paris on May 28, these issues are problematic for Klopp.

Liverpool hope Salah and Van Dijk can make it in time for the date with Real Madrid.

It could be another heartbreak for Salah after he had to go off with a shoulder injury early into the 2018 match against Real Madrid.

“I remember the last Champions League final against Real Madrid as if it was yesterday,” he said in a recent interview with BeIN Sport.

“When I left the pitch last time, it was sad for me, but I had to accept it and move on. That’s why we won the Champions League a year later.

“I feel very excited about facing them in the final again. We want to do well this time.

“I hope we can achieve the quadruple. I’m doing my best to win the Premier League and the Champions League, but the most important thing is the team.”

Klopp later gave an update on the duo’s injuries.

“Mo came and he said he could carry on, but felt a little thing,” Klopp told ITV when asked about Salah’s injury.

“I hope he will be fine.”

Van Dijk, who didn’t play any more than the initial 90 minutes, was also the subject of questions put to Klopp post-match.

“He had little problems,” Klopp confessed, before saying that he believes the Dutchman is “fine” and will be back on the pitch again this season.

“I felt it in the first half when I sprinted. I felt a twinge behind my knee, but I played on.

“In the end, I can’t risk it for the team and I need to trust players like Joel Matip. Hopefully it will be fine.”

Adapted from Marca

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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