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Mo Salah could return against Barcelona after concussion against Newcastle

By William Eldridge

Published: 19:37, 5 May 2019

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah may be able to return to action in time for this week’s vital clash against Barcelona.

The Reds take a break from Premier League football as they look to overturn a 3-0 deficit from last week’s Champions League semi-final first leg at the Nou Camp.

Salah collided with Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka during Liverpool’s 3-2 win at St James’ Park on Saturday and was substituted with just over 20 minutes on the clock.

Fears arose that Salah would be out for a substantial time but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has stressed that the Egyptian could be “ok”, although they will have to make sure.

“He was OK,” Klopp said of Salah. “Mo got the hip of the goalie in his head and then was on the ground. The doctor had to make a decision – on the pitch or off the pitch – and the decision was off the pitch and we accept that, of course.

“When we came in, he was sitting in the dressing room and had watched the game. He was then fine but of course, we have to wait. He got a proper knock in that situation. We’ll have to see.”

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The Reds’ task on Tuesday is almost impossible as yet another Lionel Messi masterclass, including a delightful free-kick, all but secured Barcelona’s passage to June’s showcase in Madrid.

If Liverpool are to have a chance against the Catalan giants, you would think they would need Salah on the pitch, with the 26-year-old directly involved in 38 goals across all competitions this season (25 goals, 13 assists).