Champions League

Concussed Salah out of Champions League clash against Barcelona

Pep Guardiola and Mohamed Salah (AFP Images)
Pep Guardiola and Mohamed Salah (AFP Images)

Liverpool - Liverpool will be without top scorer Mohamed Salah for Tuesday's Champions League semi-final, second leg against Barcelona after manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he was concussed in a 3-2 win at Newcastle on Saturday.

The Egyptian was stretchered off at St James' Park due to a head knock sustained as he challenged Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for a high ball.

"It's a concussion so that means he would not even be allowed to play. So that's it," said Klopp at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

"He feels OK but it is not good enough from a medical point of view that is all. He's desperate (to play) everything but we cannot do it."

Klopp will also be without Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino due to a groin injury as his side face the huge challenge of trying to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit to make the Champions League final for a second consecutive season.

"Two of the world's best strikers are not available tomorrow night and we have to score four goals against Barcelona to go through after 90 minutes," added Klopp.

"It doesn't make life easier, but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch, we will try it."

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Fixtures
Tue 01 Dec 20 19:55 PM (SAST)
Shakhtar Donetsk
Real Madrid
NSK Olimpijs'kyj
Tue 01 Dec 20 19:55 PM (SAST)
Lokomotiv Moskva
Salzburg
RZD Arena
Tue 01 Dec 20 22:00 PM (SAST)
Liverpool
Ajax
Anfield
Results
Wed 25 Nov 20
Bayern Munchen 3
Salzburg 1
Wed 25 Nov 20
Atletico Madrid 0
Lokomotiv Moskva 0
Wed 25 Nov 20
Internazionale 0
Real Madrid 2
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Bayern Munchen Group A
4
4
12
2. Atletico Madrid Group A
4
1
5
3. Lokomotiv Moskva Group A
4
0
3
4. Salzburg Group A
4
0
1