It’s not the news we were hoping for; Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino are both unavailable for selection as Barcelona come to town for the second leg of our Champions League tie.
“Both are not available,” Klopp is quoted as saying by Times’ journalist Paul Joyce. The Brazilian picked up an injury just before the first leg and it’ll now see him sit out the reverse fixture.
Mo was forced from the pitch with a head injury during Saturday evening’s 3-2 victory at Newcastle United and will not be available for the meeting with the La Liga champions.
“It is concussion and that means he is not allowed to play. He feels okay, but it is not enough for a medical point of view,” he added. “He can play at the weekend.”
Klopp: "Two of the world's best strikers are not available and we have to score four goals against Barcelona. That doesn't make life easy, but we will try. If we can't do it, let's fail in the most beautiful way."
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) May 6, 2019
I can’t express better than the boss how much of a blow this is for the Reds. Bobby and Salah are arguably the two most important offensive players in our team.
The hope now is that Divock Origi continues his heroic form, if used, and Sadio Mane carries the forward line.
The Senegalese star has been incredible in the Champions League for Liverpool these last two years and will surely be up for the fight tomorrow night.
Klopp’s fighting spirit really shows in his comments – the art of going down swinging is definitely something he’ll be advocating. We are going to give it everything we’ve got.
Give it your all, lads.