Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Mohamed Salah will NOT feature against Barcelona tomorrow night – and Roberto Firmino is out too.
The winger suffered a head injury against Newcastle United, Klopp confirming he painfully collided with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka’s hip.
Physios treating Salah called for a stretcher and he was taken off in tears with his hands over his head.
Klopp has now confirmed the Egyptian winger will play no part against Barcelona at Anfield on Tuesday night, saying: “He is unavailable. It’s a precaution, it’s concussion.
“That means he is not allowed to play, so that is it. He is OK but not good enough for a medical point of view.
“He is desperate but we cannot do it. That is it.”
Joining Salah in the Anfield medical room is Firmino,the striker also missing against Barcelona due to a muscle tear.
But Klopp did add that although the Brazilian is out for the rest of the season, Salah is expected to return for the final day of the season against Wolves.
The Blaugrana hold a 3-0 aggregate lead after Lionel Messi’s late brace in last week’s game at the Camp Nou.
Klopp admitted the tough challenge his side faces, adding: “We have hope and it is football.
“I am far away from giving up but we are not in a situation where we say it will happen 100 per cent. It is football.
“Two of the world’s best strikers are not available and we have to score four goals against Barcelona to go through after 90 minutes.
“It does not make life easier but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch we will try it.
“We have to celebrate the Champions League campaign. Either to give it a proper finish or another goal.
“That is pretty much the plan. If we can do it wonderful and if not we fail in the most beautiful way. A close result, or nearly, that is what we try but it is a difficult job.”
Liverpool host Barcelona on Tuesday with kick-off at 8pm.