Chelsea vs Liverpool: Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk forced off injured in FA Cup triumph

The Egypt star sat down on the pitch just after the half-hour mark holding his groin, and despite getting himself back to his feet, walked off to be replaced by Diogo Jota.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah; Credit: Twitter/@MoSalah

Liverpool were dealt a first half blow in the FA Cup final when Mohamed Salah was forced off through injury. The Egypt star sat down on the pitch just after the half-hour mark holding his groin, and despite getting himself back to his feet, walked off to be replaced by Diogo Jota. To add to Jurgen Klopp’s worries, centre-back Virgil van Dijk was brought off before extra-time started, with Joel Matip coming on in his absence. Despite losing two key players, the Reds went on to win the FA cup, after winning a dramatic penalty shootout 6-5. The spot-kicks eventually went to sudden death after both Cesar Azpilicueta missed in the opening 10 penalties.

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Asked about both players’ condition, Jurgen Klopp said: “I spoke to both of them after the game and both are really OK. All we know is that it’s not a big thing but the next game is on Tuesday. I think they will both be fine.” Van Dijk seemed in good spirits after the game, dancing and celebrating the title triumph with his teammates in the dressing room. Meanwhile midfielder Fabinho missed the final after suffering an injury in the Aston Villa win on Tuesday.

Liverpool has secured 2 of the 4 titles up for grabs

After both sides failed to break the deadlock in the regular time and extra-time at the Wembley Stadium, the match went to penalties. After Mason Mount saw his effort saved by Alisson Becker, Konstantinos Tsimikas was handed the opportunity to win the cup for the Reds and he coolly converted from 12 yards out. Liverpool  has now pocketed two out of four titles up for grabs this season. Klopp’s side will take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Paris at the end of this month and are placed three points adrift of leaders Manchester City in the Premier League standings, with two games remaining. 

Salah is in spectacular form having netted 30 goals

With some crucial fixtures coming up, Salah and Van Dijk’s fitness is going to be pivotal to Liverpool’s success. Salah has been in spectacula form, having netted 30 goals across all competitions this term. Back in February, Salah scored twice and assisted another in a 6-0 win over struggling Leeds United to take his goal involvement to 160, a new record for an African player in the Premier League. 

On Tuesday, Klopp’s side will take on Southampton in a must-win Premier League match, before closing out their campaign at home to Wolves next weekend. On May 28, Real Madrid lie in wait in the Champions League final in Paris. 



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