Injury updates: Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk

NewsInjury updates: Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk

Published 14th May 2022
By Sam Williams

Jürgen Klopp is confident that neither Mohamed Salah or Virgil van Dijk sustained serious injuries during the Emirates FA Cup final.

Salah was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s penalty shootout win over Chelsea at Wembley, where Van Dijk had to be substituted prior to extra-time.

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Reaction'Hopefully it will be fine' - Virgil van Dijk on FA Cup final injuryVirgil van Dijk says a twinge in his knee was the reason he was forced off ahead of extra-time in Liverpool’s penalty-shootout Emirates FA Cup triumph over Chelsea.

Klopp was asked for an update on both players during his post-match press conference and replied: “We had to change Mo early, which was not cool.

“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.”

The manager added: “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. 

“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.”

Published 14th May 2022