Klopp dismisses Champions League final injury fears on Salah, Van Dijk

Klopp dismisses Champions League final injury fears on Salah, Van Dijk

Mueez Ajao

– Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has played down concerns over the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

– Both players were taken off during the FA Cup final win over Chelsea on Saturday.

– Klopp, speaking after the match, said Salah and Van Dijk are “kind of OK”.

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– Salah limped off in the 33rd minute with a groin strain, while Van Dijk failed to appear for extra-time due to a muscle problem.

– Both players walked onto the pitch at the end of the game to celebrate the victory.

– Although Klopp said that Salah and Van Dijk are unlikely to play against Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday, he was more optimistic about the full extent of their injuries.

– “I think [Salah, Van Dijk] are kind of OK,” Klopp told ESPN’s Alexis Nunes.

– “I don’t think they will be ready for Tuesday, to be honest… I don’t think they would have been ready for Tuesday anyway!

– “But I think they are alright, it was more of a precaution. Mo felt something, said I could carry on and I had to make a decision, I said no… if you’re feeling something on the pitch, it’s not going to get better [if you keep playing], staying on is not the best treatment!

– “With Virgil it was more clear: 90 minutes yes, 120 minutes no.

– “But what a situation, you bring on Joel Matip! Oh my god! That’s really cool. So, all fine.”

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