Jürgen Klopp Gives Positive Updates On Mo Salah And Van Dijk Injuries In Their Quest For A Quadruple Season.

Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp has given an update consigning Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk injury worries ahead of their quest of winning the quadruple this season.

The two important players for the Reds (club's leading goalscorer, and defensive anchor), were substituted during the FA Cup Final which Liverpool went ahead to beat Chelsea in a second final at Wembley this season following 5-6 penalty shoot-out win  after the scores stood 0-0 at the end of 120 minutes on Saturday evening.

Mo Salah, left the Liverpool fans worried, after he went down in pains with a groin problem in the 33rd minute of the game. The two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner and leading goalscorer this season, limped off the pitch.

Klopp decided to take no risks ahead of the upcoming Champions League final with Real Madrid in Paris and promptly substituted his top scorer for Diogo Jota who saw out the rest of the game.

Though the injury on the Egyptian king wasn't serious as that of the 2018 Champions League final in Kyiv, following that Sergio Ramos reckless challenge in the 31st minute, that left Salah in tears.

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Salah further came out to disclose that there is every chance he will feature for Liverpool when they play Real Madrid in the Champions League final. "Of course, all good," Salah declared when asked if he will be fit for the European encounter.

 Meanwhile, centre-back Van Dijk failed to appear for extra-time due to a muscle problem. His coming off was not expected, so many guessed it must be an injury rather than a tactical change.

The Dutch defender was withdrawn for Joel Matip in the 90th minute, missing out on extra time and penalties at Wembley.

Salah and Van Dijk are probably the last two players anyone would want to see miss any time through injury, so there were some quiet concerns about their status even during the celebrations after last night’s victory. 

With three final crucial games left to complete the 2021-22 season, the Reds have two pressing fitness concerns in their huge quest of completing the quadruple.

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Liverpool next face Southampton at the St Mary's on Tuesday, which Salah and Van Dijk are unlikely to play, but manager Jürgen Klopp was more optimistic about the full extent of their injuries.

The German has now delivered a fitness update on the African star as well as that of Virgil van Dijk, saying that the former Chelsea and Southampton players are 'kind of Okay', and confirmed that their substitutions were more cautionary than anything.

“We had to change Mo early, which was not cool,” admitted Klopp in his post-match press conference.

“It was my decision, it was pretty cautionary. Mo said, ‘I feel something, I can carry on.’ I said, ‘No.’

“A football game is not a perfect physiotherapist, it means it rarely gets better during a game.

“Then Virg stands with me and says, ‘I feel something but it’s fine I think.’ We make a decision together, so he stays on but was clear when we didn’t make it in 90 minutes he has to go off.”

“Obviously I spoke to both already after the game, both are really OK. All that we know is it’s not a big thing, we really came through"... He continued

“But the next game is on Tuesday and that’s obviously pretty quick. No, I think they both will be fine, but not… maybe… we have training tomorrow morning, then if they tell me ‘I’m completely fine’ I will be surprised but I will take it and then we have to go from there. So we will see.”

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Apart from Salah and Van Dijk, midfieder Fabinho was also ruled out of the Chelsea clash with a hamstring injury picked up against Aston Villa in midweek, which saw skipper Jordan Henderson slotted into the deep-lying role.

The former Monaco man did travel with the squad to Wembley and there’s optimism he will be fully fit for the Madrid showdown.

Liverpool will end their Premier League season be with a closing game at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers next weekend, as they hope rivals Man City can drop points in their last two games for a chance to lift the league title.

On May 28, the Premier League outfit would square up against Spanish giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final at Stade de France, Paris.

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