It is too early to know the exact extent of the injuries of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, but the outlook, at least in terms of sensations, is not dramatic. There is optimism.
After the Liverpool became champion of the FA Cup (they beat Chelsea on penalties), Jürgen Klopp attended ITV. And in said exchange, he explained that the Egyptian told him that he could continue, but his decision was not to risk it.
The case of the Dutch defender, who seems to be even less serious than that of Mo, it was similar. Caution.
They both felt something muscular. And knowing that the UEFA Champions League final is coming, they chose not to force things. Kloppo he preferred to keep them and relied on the breadth of his template.
KLOPP’S WORDS – VAN DIJK AND SALAH INJURIES
“I think the Mo thing is more than the Virg thing. Mo came and I had to make a decision. She said, ‘I can go on, but I felt it a little bit.’ OK, you have to remove it. We have the squad for that, we have other players. I hope you are good”released the Anfield giant’s coach.
On ESPN, the German DT fed the hope of seeing them in Paris: “I think they are fine. I don’t think they’re ready for Tuesday, to be honest. Well, I don’t think they’d be prepared for Tuesday either way (even without injury). But I think they are fine. It was a little more precaution. Mo felt something. He told me that he could continue, but he had to make a decision. If he felt anything, it wasn’t going to get any better by staying on the court. It’s not the best treatment (laughs). The Virgil thing was also a bit like this.
Van Dijk also established calm: “Let’s check it out. I felt it from the first half when I did a sprint. I played about 20 minutes with a little twinge behind my knee. I played but, in the end, I can’t risk it for the team and I trust Joel. Let’s hope he’s okay.”
Undefeated data. With today’s title, Liverpool broke a 16-year drought without an FA Cup title. One more achievement for Klopp and his men.
Did you know…? With Klopp as manager, Liverpool have qualified for 3 of the last 5 UEFA Champions League finals.