Liverpool made a huge impact in the first half of the FA Cup final against Chelsea as Mohamed Salah limped injured.
The Egyptian striker just sat down between the Blues for 33 minutes in the tournament, well enough to be replaced by Diogo Jota after the attention of the Reds medical team.
Salah’s departure marks the second time he has been ruled out of Liverpool’s first half, with the first coming to the final when Sergio Ramos’ side were beaten 3-1 in the Champions League final by Real. Madrid in 2018.
Should the 29-year-old’s injury appear to be serious, it could represent a major blow to Liverpool’s hopes of adding a February EFL Cup victory in the coming weeks, with two Premier League games and a UEFA Champions League final against Los Blancos in the air.
Salah announced earlier this month that “everyone” at Anfield wanted to face Madrid in that tournament, and would be keen to qualify for Paris after saying the club had a “chance to settle” with Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
The striker has scored 30 goals and provided 15 assistants in all competitions to Jurgen Klopp’s team, and was recently named the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer, scoring the most goals (22) and scoring 13 assistants in the Premier League. the competition so far this term.