Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has issued an update on the fitness of both Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk after injury scares in their FA Cup final triumph over Chelsea. Klopp is hopeful both of the pair will be OK but was unable to offer detailed analysis of their fitness issues.
Salah was forced off the in the first half with a muscle problem that has been reported as a sore groin. And Klopp told ITV after Liverpool won the FA Cup 6-5 on penalties: “Mo is a bit more than Virg. Virg had little problems across the 120 minutes.
“Mo came and I had to make a decision, he said, ‘I could carry on, but I felt a little bit.’ So I took him off. We have the squad. I hope he will be fine.”
The Liverpool manager meanwhile said to ITV of Van Dijk, who was brought off before extra time and replaced by Joel Matip: “I couldn’t be more proud of my boys, the shift they put in, how hard they fought, early changes. I think Virgil is fine but his muscle was hurt.”
Left-back Andy Robertson was also forced off with apparent cramp in extra time. But his replacement Kostas Tsimikas was the hero on the night as he scored the decisive spot-kick for a shootout triumph to spark jubilant smoke-filled scenes at the Liverpool end inside Wembley.
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