6th May, 2019
News reaching our Sports Desk has it on authority that Liverpool will be without key duo Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final match against Barcelona slated for the 7th May, 2019.
The first of the two players mentioned -Salah – who is Liverpool’s leading scorer in all competitions this season, sustained a seemingly serious head injury in the Reds’ 3-2 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday.
It was so bad that the Egypt forward had to be taken off on a stretcher in the 73rd minute, with his replacement Divock Origi scoring the winner 13 minutes later.
Looking ahead at Barcelona’s trip to Anfield, Liverpool’s coach Klopp confirmed the fact that Salah had suffered a concussion but will be fit for Sunday’s decisive final-day Premier League clash against Wolves.
As far as the second player mentioned – Firmino – is concerned, he missed the Newcastle clash with an ongoing groin problem, and will remain on the sidelines as Liverpool look to overturn a 3-0 deficit.
“Both are not available for tomorrow,” Klopp told a news conference.
“[With Salah] it’s concussion so he wouldn’t be allowed to play. That’s it.
“He feels okay, but it is not good enough from a medical point of view. That’s all. He’s desperate [to play in] everything, but we cannot do it.”
When asked if Salah will be available for the weekend, Klopp replied: “Yes.”
Liverpool earned a hard-fought 3-2 win at St. James’ Park during the weekend, moving back to the top of the Premier League, with Manchester City hosting Leicester City on Monday.
The implication of that result means the title may be decided on the final day of the season, when City travel to Brighton and Hove Albion as Liverpool take on Wolves at Anfield.
All of that is based on the assumption that Manchester City are able to win tonight’s match against Leicester City.