Liverpool will be without their Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino while Mohamed Salah is a doubt for Tuesday's Champions League semifinal return leg against Barcelona, coach Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.
Trailing 3-0 from the first leg in the Nou Camp, Jurgen Klopp's side can not realistically afford to concede an away goal as that would require them to score a near-impossible five times. The Egyptian was stretchered off in the second half of Saturday's win after a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka.
Although they only won 2-0 and went out 3-2 on aggregate, Klopp said at the time: "You could make a video of this game and show it to the teams that lose a first leg 3-0".
But Jurgen Klopp confirmed today that concussion protocol means the current Golden Boot leader can not play tomorrow.
Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, said that although Salah "feels ok", medical protocol dictated that the Premier League's top goalscorer would not be able to play at Anfield tomorrow night. Without the Premier League's leading goalscorer and Firmino, Klopp could be forced to play both Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge in attack alongside Sadio Mane.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez - Barca's goalscorers in last Wednesday's 3-0 first-leg win at Camp Nou - were among those rested ahead of the trip to Anfield. "We're missing two of the best strikers in the world and we need to score four goals".
"I will always be grateful to Liverpool for my time here", Suarez said, choosing his words carefully. "He's desperate (to play) everything but we can not do it".
Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen suffered a suspected concussion during his side's 1-0 loss to Ajax in the other Champions League semi-final. "If we can't do it, let's fail in the most lovely way". This season Barca has been no strangers in getting results in England this campaign having defeated Spurs 4-2 during the group stage and edging Manchester United at the quarter-final stage. Liverpool play their final match of the domestic year on May 12 against Wolverhampton.
"It doesn't make life easier but as long as we have 11 players on the pitch we will try. if we can do it wonderful and if not, fail in the most attractive way".
"We know how big the challenge is but this team will try 100 percent", he added.