Latest Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk injury update ahead of Southampton match
Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are unlikely to play Southampton, the Reds are hoping that the pair will be fit for the Champions League final a week on Saturday, according to reports.
Both players were injured in the Reds’ FA Cup victory over Chelsea, which saw Jurgen Klopp’s side clinch the domestic cup doubles.
After failing to score after 120 minutes, Jurgen Klopp’s side prevailed 6-5 on penalties, but Salah, Van Dijk, and Andy Robertson were all forced to leave the game at Wembley due to injury.
Salah’s performance was the most worrying, as he walked off after only half an hour, while Van Dijk was taken out before extra time. Robertson’s problem was nothing more than a muscular strain.
The Egyptian however suffered a more worrying groin problem though Klopp revealed post-match that the winger had said he could carry on if needed. The German had a similar conversation with Van Dijk but while he saw out the 90 minutes, the Dutchman was precautionarily taken off before the extra 30 minutes with Joel Matip replacing him.
According to the Daily Mirror, neither of the pair is expected to be risked when Liverpool faces Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday night.
A victory for Liverpool at St Mary’s would move them one point behind league leaders Manchester City, who played a 2-2 draw over the weekend against West Ham United ahead of the final day of the season.
Speaking at a post-match Virgil van Dijk said: “I felt in the 1st half when I sprinted, I felt a twinge behind my knee, I played on. Hopefully, it will be fine.” While Salah declared in the mixed zone when asked if he’ll be fit for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28: “Of course.”
Klopp is likely to make several changes to the team knowing that Wolves await at Anfield on Sunday, with the heavyweight clash with Real Madrid coming in Paris six days later as Liverpool seeks to win a seventh European Cup.
It is unclear if Salah or Van Dijk will be fit to face Wolves but it is anticipated they will be fit for the trip to the French capital. Liverpool also expects defensive midfielder Fabinho will return to the Stade de France. The Brazilian was forced off early in the midweek win over Aston Villa last week but Klopp has declared he will “definitely be back” to face his former club Los Blancos
If Liverpool wins against Southampton, they’ll need three points against Wolves on Sunday, and former captain Steven Gerrard’s help will be required. Aston Villa visits the Etihad Stadium to face Liverpool, and a draw and a Liverpool win would be enough to crown Klopp’s side champions.
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