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06th May 2019

Jurgen Klopp confirms Mo Salah is ‘not allowed to play’ against Barcelona

Wil Jones

Salah was taken off with a head injury against Newcastle United

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah will not feature for Liverpool in their second leg Champions League semi-final tie against Barcelona.

Salah was substituted during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday evening, after suffering a head injury.

Jurgen Klopp said that therefore he would not be allowed to play against the Spanish giants.

“It’s a concussion, so that means he would not even be allowed to play,” confirmed Klopp in a press conference. “That’s it, that’s all.”

“He feels OK, but it is not good enough from a medical point of view, that’s all. He is desperate and everything, but we cannot do it. That’s it.”

The Liverpool manager also stated that Roberto Firmino would miss the game as well. The Brazilian attacker is continuing to recover from a muscle injury.

Liverpool face an uphill task, have lost 3-0 to Barcelona in Spain, thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi, and one from Luis Suarez.

“The approach? We try to win the game, I thought that makes sense,” continued Klopp.

“We try to win the game and if the result we have in a specific moment gives us an opportunity to go to the next round, I think we should try. Until then, we just have to try to win the game and that’s the way we will do it, together with our supporters.”