Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp provides Mo Salah injury update

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Liverpool face a monumental task to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit against the Spanish champions and will also be without Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino due to a groin injury.

The Reds forward was left clutching his head after an aerial collision with Magpies keeper Martin Dubravka.

"What I heard, he got the hip of the goalie on his head", said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"When we came in, he was sitting in the dressing room and had watched the game". It's the situation, we all thought it would be quicker, especially he thought it would be quicker, but it doesn't work out so we have to wait.

"It is great that they do it, I love it".

Christian Atsu cancelled out Virgil Van Dijk's opener, in the process sparing full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold a red card for blocking Salomon Rondon's goal-bound shot with his arm during the build up, and the Venezuela worldwide striker levelled for a second time after Mohamed Salah had restored Liverpool's lead.

A Liverpool draw would have given City a margin for error in their final two games - and it is hard to imagine they would have let it slip with a trip to lowly Brighton on the final day. "We can not do more".

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It is an uncomfortable truth for Woodward and the scouts, analysts and deal-makers who have been tasked with spending the money. Brazilian midfielder Fred was signed for £48 million a year ago but was an unused substitute at the John Smith's Stadium.

"In the last three matches of the season we have three games in six days", he said.

There has been so much to admire in the football produced by Premier League title chasers Liverpool and Manchester City this season with the top two providing the connoisseurs of technique, tactics, and finesse with a true feast.

However, an enthralling first 28 minutes took another twist when Alexander-Arnold made the most of his reprieve to still be on the field with his second assist of the night.

Mohamed Salah restored the advantage soon after with his 22nd league goal of the season.

It was 2-2 and the money was going on a third for the former manager of Liverpool, Rafa Benitez, and his Newcastle side.

"We will have conversations in the next couple of weeks".

Salah had earlier scored his 26th goal of the season to put Liverpool 2-1 in front, before Salomon Rondon levelled early in the second-half to make it 2-2. The boys did that and I couldn't be more proud.

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