Saturday 24 August 2019

Klopp's anxious wait over Salah's fitness as Liverpool talisman faces into head-injury assessment protocol

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Photo: Reuters
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Photo: Reuters

Liverpool must wait to discover whether Mohamed Salah passes a head-injury assessment ahead of their Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona tomorrow after he left the pitch on a stretcher at Newcastle on Saturday.

Salah was involved in a heavy collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the second half but was not knocked unconscious.

The Egyptian striker was sitting up in the dressing room and was able to celebrate Liverpool's 3-2 win with his team-mates and walked out of the ground to join them on the team bus.

Doctors will assess him today before manager Jurgen Klopp names his team, but his inclusion must be in doubt given the nature of the injury.

Striker Roberto Firmino is already set to miss the match as Liverpool look to overturn a three-goal deficit, and the loss of Salah would make an arduous task look like an impossible one, given how poor Daniel Sturridge has been against Huddersfield and Newcastle.

"Mo got the hip of the goalie in his head and then was on the ground," said Klopp.

"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 had watched the game.

"He was then fine but of course we have to wait. He got a proper knock," he added.

© Daily Telegraph, London

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