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Salah and Firmino to miss Liverpool's Barcelona clash

Salah and Firmino are considered to be some of the best attackers in world football. Credit: PA

Mohamed Salah will miss the second leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final with Barcelona due to a concussion.

The Egypt forward suffered a head injury in Saturday's win over Newcastle and manager Jurgen Klopp said at his pre-Barca press conference he would not make the Anfield clash.

"It's a concussion so it's a case of him not even being allowed to play," said Klopp, whose side are 3-0 down after last week's first leg in Spain.

"He feels OK but it's not good enough from a medical point view, that's all."

Klopp had already conceded Salah's fellow forward, Roberto Firmino, would miss out with a muscle problem.

Liverpool have it all to do to turn around the tie on Tuesday and Klopp knows the loss of two of his most lethal weapons does not help the cause.

"There's hope and that's football," he added. "We are far away from giving up.

"Two of the world's best strikers are not available tomorrow - it doesn't make life any easier but while we have 11 players on the pitch we will try."

Liverpool wait on Salah fitness after head injury

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is a doubt for next week's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona after being carried off with a head injury in the 3-2 victory at Newcastle.

The problems are adding up for manager Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino, who tore a muscle last week but still managed to come on as a late substitute in the Nou Camp, has already been ruled out of Tuesday's game.

If they were to be without Salah, who is their leading goalscorer after netting his 26th of the season at St James' Park, it would be a significant blow to their hopes.

The Egypt international was injured in a collision with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and lay motionless on the pitch for several minutes while he was treated before leaving the field on a stretcher with his hands covering his face.

Klopp remains optimistic the 26-year-old will be available at Anfield on Tuesday.

"He got the hip of the goalie in his head and then was on the ground," said the Reds boss.

"The doctor had to make a decision - on the pitch or off the pitch - and the decision was off the pitch and we accept that of course.

"When we came in, he was sitting in the dressing room and watching the game, or had watched the game.

"He was then fine but of course we have to wait. He got a proper knock in that situation."

The situation is not so good for Firmino, who was absent for all-but 11 minutes of the midweek defeat in Catalonia and could yet miss the remainder of the season.

"No, he will not be ready for Tuesday and the rest [of the season] we will see," Klopp added.

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Salah enters the Liverpool record books

Salah scored a wonder goal last night to end a run of eight games without a goal. Credit: PA

Mohamed Salah admits scoring goals is constantly on his mind after he spectacularly ended an eight-game drought to write his name in Liverpool's record books.

Forward Salah became the fastest player in the Merseyside club's history to hit 50 league goals following his sensational solo effort in Friday evening's 3-1 success at Southampton.

The Egyptian's crucial 80th-minute strike at the end of a blistering run from deep inside the Reds' half brought up his half-century in 69 matches, three fewer than Fernando Torres, and helped move his team back to the top of the Premier League table.

He had previously not found the net since February 9, his longest barren run since signing from Roma for £34million in 2017.

"I think as a striker you need to score. Always, I'm thinking to score," Salah told Sky Sports.

"I'm very happy to score a goal to help the team. That's the most important thing for us."

Liverpool sit two points ahead of rivals Manchester City at the summit, albeit having played a game more.

Jordan Henderson's late third sealed the comeback success at St Mary's after Naby Keita cancelled out an early opener from Saints forward Shane Long.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp says Salah's record in front of goal is "incredible".

"It was never in doubt that he was a great player in my side," said the German at his post-match press conference.

"It was goal number 50 for Liverpool (in the league), an incredible number."

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