Jurgen Klopp alleviates concerns over the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid on 28 May, saying the two players were “somewhat well” after being replaced in the process. of penalties for the FA Cup final. victory against Chelsea.
Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer with 30 goals this season, left the Cup final after just 33 minutes with strain on the groin, while center-back Van Dijk did not show up in overtime due to a muscle problem.
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Both players entered the field at the end of the match, as the other players of Klopp ran to celebrate after Costas Tsimikas scored the decisive spot in the victory with 6-5 in the shots.
But while Klopp said Salah and Van Dyke were unlikely to play in Tuesday’s Premier League game against Southampton at St Mary’s, the Liverpool boss was more optimistic about the full extent of their injuries.
“I think so [Salah, Van Dijk] “It’s kind of okay,” Klopp told ESPN’s Alexis Nunes. “I do not think they will be ready for Tuesday, to be honest … I do not think they would be ready for Tuesday anyway!
“But I think it’s okay, it was more precaution. Mo felt something, he said I could go on and I had to make a decision, I said no … if you feel something on the pitch, it’s not going to get any better [if you keep playing]staying is not the best treatment!
“It was clearer with Virgil: 90 minutes yes, 120 minutes no.
“But what a situation, you bring Joel Matip! My God! That’s very nice. Well, all right.”
Asked by reporters as he left the pitch if he would be fit for the Champions League final, Salah replied: “Of course.”
Liverpool have now won two trophies this season – the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup – and are still chasing glory in the Premier League and Champions League.
And captain Jordan Henderson said Liverpool are now focused solely on winning the rest of their games.
“We have won two so far this season,” Henderson said. “We still have some big games. We just have to keep going until the end and see what we can finish.
“We have to recover quickly, another big game on Tuesday against Southampton, we have to be ready for that. And then the Wolves at the weekend to end the Premier League season and after the Champions League final.
“We have three big games left and we hope to be able to win all three and finish the season at a high level.”