Liverpool may have won the FA Cup final, but they have injured a number of players, which could cause serious problems in their remaining 2021/22 matches, including the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid.
For half an hour, Mohamed Salah sat on the ground injured, forcing Jurgen Klopp to replace the Egyptian with Diogo Jota.
By the end of the regular season, Virgil van Dijk had to walk out to Joel Matip, who also felt uncomfortable.
“I heard it in the first half while running, I felt a knee in the back, but I played,” said the defender after that.
“In the end, I will not be able to risk the team and I need to trust players like Joel Matip. I hope it will be okay.”
With two important Premier League games remaining in Liverpool, and the UEFA Champions League final in Paris on May 28, these issues are a problem for Klopp.
However, there is hope in both cases, as Liverpool are hopeful that Salah and Van Dijk can come in time for the day with Real Madrid.
More Champions League final heartbreak for Salah
Should he miss out on the Champions League final, it will be very sad for Salah after suffering a shoulder injury early in the 2018 game against Real Madrid.
“I remember the last Champions League match against Real Madrid as if it were yesterday,” he said in a recent interview with BeIN Sport.
“When I left the stadium last year it was painful for me but I had to accept it and move on and that is why we won the Champions League a year later.
“I feel very happy to face them again in the final, we want to do well in this.
“All my life I have been thinking this way and trying to stay on the right track. In the past, there were those who told me I could not achieve anything after leaving Chelsea but I remained optimistic.”
“I hope we can reach four points. I’m doing my best to win the Premier League and the Champions League, but the most important thing is the team.”