Mohamed Salah was sent off from Liverpool’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea after suffering an injury in the first half… leaving the rest of his season in doubt
Jurgen Klopp hopes Mohamed Salah will play again this season after limping off in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
The Egyptian was sent off from Wembley’s showpiece event in the 33rd minute, appearing to suffer from a groin injury. He didn’t seem too bothered and managed to get off the pitch – without a limp – before receiving treatment.
Liverpool secured their first FA Cup victory in 16 years after a dramatic penalty shootout. Sadio Mane had the chance to win the cup but missed it, at which point Reds fans feared the worst. But Mason Mount’s failure allowed Kostas Tsimikas to get the job done.
“Mo came and he said he could go on, but I felt a little thing,” Klopp told ITV when asked about Salah’s injury. “I hope he will be fine.”
Virgil van Dijk was also ejected from the game at the end of regulation time. Like Salah, he didn’t seem to have any serious complaints. Klopp has confirmed the Dutchman ‘has little problems’ but also believes he is ‘fine’ and will play again this season.
Van Dijk added: “I hope we will check. I felt in the first half when I sprinted, I felt a pinch behind the knee, I kept playing. In the end , I can’t risk it for the team and I have to trust Joel. I hope everything will be fine.”
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Klopp’s side can still become the first English team to win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup in the same season. They have already lifted the bottom two and reached a European final, where they will face Real Madrid on May 28.
Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League remain slim. Manchester City can move six points clear at the top of the table with a win against West Ham at the London Stadium tomorrow. Liverpool’s next league game is on Tuesday against Southampton.
“Exceptional, it was an incredible and intense game against Chelsea – they would have deserved it [the win] exactly the same as in the Carabao Cup – that’s how small the margins are,” Klopp told BBC Two Fulltime.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my boys, the change they’ve brought about, the strength they’ve fought through, the early changes…” all of those things, missing out on good chances, overcoming good times from Chelsea and then having some really good times ourselves.
“Then in the penalty shootout it was nerve-wracking, my nails are gone but I really feel for Chelsea – for the second time, 120 minutes and you get nothing, it’s too hard. But for us, I am quite happy.
“We are mentality monsters but there were also mentality monsters in blue – it was a penalty. Chelsea played exceptionally but in the end there has to be a winner and that was us today. “