Salah, Van Dijk will play in Champions League final, Klopp says
Liverpool supporters can breathe a sigh relief.
Manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed Monday that star forward Mohamed Salah and vital center back Virgil van Dijk will be fit and ready to play in the Champions League final after both limped off from Saturday’s FA Cup final triumph vs. Chelsea.
Both players will miss Tuesday’s Premier League match at Southampton, where a defeat would clinch the title for Manchester City with a game to play, but they could feature in Sunday’s league finale vs. Wolves and will certainly be fit for the May 28 European final vs. Real Madrid in Paris, barring any setbacks along the way.
“They are both O.K.
“They are both O.K. “Properly involved, bench, whatever, and a few minutes or begin, I don’t know, that would be perfect for [Champions League final].,” Klopp stated at his pre-match press conference.
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“But if not then we take each day afterwards. We are optimistic, or [have] we have no doubt about the final. I’m pretty realistic about the Wolves game, but tomorrow rather not.”
Salah was forced out vs. Chelsea in the 33rd minute with an apparent groin strain, while van Dijk came off after 90 minutes before exiting prior to extra time with a muscle injury of his own.
Liverpool is seeking a cup treble after already having won the League Cup and FA Cup. It is still alive in the quest to a quadruple, but it would be unable to surpass Man City for the title without some help from Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.
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