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Liverpool: Mohamed Salah picks up knock vs Benfica

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Mohamed Salah has picked up a knock ahead of the FA Cup semi-final clash with Manchester City, with Jurgen Klopp admitting he was unaware of the issue.

The lowdown: Jota picks up injury

Despite making seven changes for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg meeting with Benfica, the Reds haven’t avoided injury concern after the 3-3 draw at Anfield.

Diogo Jota was withdrawn and is now a doubt for the FA Cup clash with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp made four substitutions during the match, including introducing Mohamed Salah from a star-studded bench.

Now it appears that the Egyptian may have also suffered an issue as a consequence of playing the final 33 minutes, though it is not believed to be serious at this stage.

The latest: Klopp in the dark

Taking to Twitter, injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries website, shared a post-game update from Anfield:

“Klopp confirms Van Dijk was NOT injured, the decision to rest him last night was tactical. However, Diogo Jota and Mo Salah did pick up knocks although neither appears to be serious.”

Dinnery then shared a direct comment from the manager, who admitted nobody told him about the issue with Salah: “I don’t know really, nobody told me yet. So, for the moment everybody should be fine.”

Following up with more news today, Klopp has still not given any specific details, but Dinnery reports it ‘looks like’ the Egypt superstar will be okay.

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The verdict: Fingers crossed

With 35 Premier League goals between them so far this season (WhoScored), the Liverpool faithful will be desperate for positive news ahead of the Wembley showdown.

However, assuming both Jota and Salah are indeed fine, the decision to rest key players whilst still reaching the Champions League semi-final could prove to be a masterstroke from Klopp.

As the important fixtures come thick and fast, the Reds will need the entire squad firing on all cylinders and this positive result was further proof of the strength in depth now in situ at Anfield.

Although injuries decimated the 2020/21 campaign, so far this term Liverpool have been relatively unscathed by issues with the only current problems suffered being these fresh minor concerns over Jota and Salah.

In other news, pundit lavishes praise on Liverpool ‘beast’ following UCL victory. Read more here.

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