Jurgen Klopp confirms Salah and Van Dijk’s injuries, providing an update on Liverpool’s recovery timelines

Jurgen Klopp has stated that the match between Southampton and Liverpool on Tuesday night will come too soon for Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk but has allayed worries of a protracted absence.

Liverpool’s quest for the quadruple has been given new life. The draw between Manchester City and West Ham on Sunday left the door slightly ajar. Two Reds victories against Southampton and Wolves, along with a City draw against Aston Villa on the final day, would see Klopp’s side crowned champions.

However, after a grueling FA Cup final on Saturday that lasted to extra time and penalties, Klopp is set to be without two of his most potent strikers tonight.

Virgil Van Dijk & Mohamed Salah

Liverpool faces Southampton at St. Mary’s, and Klopp has announced that neither Salah nor Van Dijk will play.

Van Dijk complained of discomfort in his knee, which led to his replacement in extra time against Chelsea. Salah, on the other hand, was withdrawn early due to groin stiffness.

And, in the second half of his pre-match news conference, Klopp reiterated that both would miss the Saints trip, but he did say that meeting Wolves on the last day is a very real possibility.

Regardless, if the two are unable to recover in time to face Bruno Lage’s side, Klopp is certain they will be ready for the Champions League final on May 28.

Recent injuries to Salah and Van Dijk

“No,” Klopp stated (through Liverpool’s official website). Virg absolutely not [against Southampton], but that was quite obvious before the [Chelsea] game, so I thought, ‘OK, this is the game now.’

“He played a lot, and then again Saturday-Tuesday.” It was obvious.

“They’re both OK. So the goal for both would be to be engaged again on the weekend.

“Bench or anything, and a few minutes or start.” I’m not sure; we’ll see, since it would be ideal for the game [Champions League final].

“But if not, we’ll take each day after that.” But we are quite certain, we have no question about the outcome.

“I’m quite realistic about the Wolves game, but I’d prefer not to play tomorrow.”

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