Liverpool have four more reasons to celebrate as Mohamed Salah leads quadruple injury boost

Liverpool have four more reasons to celebrate as Mohamed Salah leads quadruple injury boost

Published May 15, 2022
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Liverpool were handed injury scares for Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk at Wembley against Chelsea. But Jürgen Klopp and the men themselves have offered updates.

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As Liverpool collected silverware for the second time this season, making themselves the holder of both domestic cup competitions, there were three injury scares mid-game to add to the issue with Fabinho that ruled the Brazilian out in advance of kick-off.

But on all counts, the news is positive and will make the celebrations that bit more excitable as Liverpool continued to add medals and trophies to their ever-increasing haul.

“Virgil [van Dijk] is fine, I think, but a little bit tired in the muscles, let me say it like this,” Jürgen Klopp told BBC television at full-time.

“I felt in the first half when I sprinted; I felt a twinge behind my knee,” the Dutchman himself explained. “I played on but in the end, I can’t risk it for the team and I need to trust Joël [Matip]. Hopefully, it will be fine.”

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Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, was telling everyone that he could that he would be OK for the Champions League final, simply replying ‘of course’ when asked by several reporters about his wellbeing.

Both players, clearly, will be crucial as Liverpool take on Real Madrid at the Stade de France later this month, and both will be desperate for their injuries to be far from severe.

There is a good chance that both were taken off only as a precaution at Wembley, with the Liverpool stars and coaching staff trusting their teammates to be able to deputise.

Diogo Jota came on and did well and Matip is a more than able deputy having been unfortunate not to be favoured to start, with the pace and strength of Ibrahima Konaté preferred.

But there is nothing like the real thing when it comes to Liverpool’s first choice starting XI, and any Real Madrid fans watching this and hoping that a couple of big-hitters will be out are likely to be disappointed.

Kostas Tsimikas, the matchwinner, replaced Andy Robertson, but that appeared only to be tiredness. The Scottish full-back jogged off the pitch and seemed not to be injured, but only fatigued, as was understandable.

Fabinho, meanwhile, is confident of being back for the final, though Jordan Henderson was exceptional in his absence in here London. Again, the Reds expect to have him back as a major boost, with only their remaining two league fixtures (Southampton and Wolves) before the trip to France.

Even after playing every single possible match to this point (the Champions League final will be number 63) and winning every trophy there is to win, Liverpool are still going. There were fears at times at Wembley and in the build-up over key men, but the early signs are good.

Liverpool have two trophies in the bag and they are placing themselves in the best possible position to at least make that a treble before the month is out.