Liverpool have been dealt a blow ahead of their Champions League encounter against Barcelona following reports that Mohamed Salah has been ruled out of the clash after suffering concussion against Newcastle .
The problems are adding up for manager Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino, who tore a muscle last week but still managed to come on as a late substitute in the Nou Camp, has already been ruled out of Tuesday’s game.
If they were to be without Salah, who is their leading goalscorer after netting his 26th of the season at St James’ Park, it would be a significant blow to their hopes.
The Egypt international was injured in a collision with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and lay motionless on the pitch for several minutes while he was treated before leaving the field on a stretcher with his hands covering his face.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah looks likely to miss the Barcelona showdown (Image: PA)
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And reports in the Egyptian media have suggested that the striker will miss the semi-final second leg against Barcelona on Tuesday night because of concussion protocol.
Yalla Koura made the claim on Monday morning, and if true it would be a huge blow to Liverpool as they look to overturn the 3-0 first-leg deficit.
Speaking after the Newcastle match, Klopp remained optimistic the 26-year-old will be available at Anfield on Tuesday.
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“He got the hip of the goalie in his head and then was on the ground,” said the Reds boss.
“The doctor had to make a decision – on the pitch or off the pitch – and the decision was off the pitch and we accept that of course.
“When we came in, he was sitting in the dressing room and watching the game, or had watched the game.
“He was then fine but of course we have to wait. He got a proper knock in that situation.”