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Liverpool boss Klopp explains Salah and Van Dijk absences vs Wolves

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given an injury update on four of his key players as a key quartet miss out on the starting line-up to face Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Jurgen Klopp reflects on incredible Liverpool season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has provided injury updates on Virgil van Dijk, Mohammed Salah, Divock Origi and Fabinho ahead of their final day of the season clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Star duo Van Dijk and Salah both make the bench at Anfield but have not been deemed fit enough against to start Wolves.

Divock Origi misses out on the squad due to injury, while Fabinho has been training separately from the squad and also misses out

Speaking ahead of kick-off against Bruno Lage’s side, Klopp admits he is upset to be able to give Belgian striker Origi a farewell on the pitch, with the former striker leaving at the end of the season, but knows that Origi’s injury is not a serious one.

“Both [Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah] are ready to come on but not to start,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“That’s the advice I got from the medical department. Fabinho is training but not with us. He will at the beginning of next week. Divock Origi in the last day of training got a muscle injury which is not great news. I would have loved to say goodbye on the pitch. It’s all good, it’s not that serious so whichever club he chooses we wish him the best of luck and he will be fine.

“We decided a while ago that we are men on a mission and we do that since then. We try to win football games and nothing changes since then. The boys have given us the opportunity to be in it today. We just have to enjoy the opportunity and try to win the football game here today which is difficult enough. That’s all I’m concerned about. We have to be in the right mood – the whole stadium. Outside it looks like it means a lot to the people today. We will see what happens.

“I can definitely [enjoy it]. I could not be more proud of the players because it’s absolutely insane, the strongest league in the world and to play the second half of the season like we did is special. While we did that we won two competitions, qualified for the Champions League final – it’s crazy. I will enjoy it. We can only play one game, we cannot play two games. We can’t play there too. We just have to win then Stevie [Gerrard] – do the rest! We have to win our own game then see.”

Mohamed Salah was forced off after 32 minutes in the FA Cup final.
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For Liverpool, the task is pretty clear, with there still being a possibility that they can overtake league leaders Manchester City this afternoon. The Reds have to beat Wolves and hope that City fail to win at the Etihad Stadium against Aston Villa, who are of course managed by former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

A win for City and manager Pep Guardiola would seal a fourth Premier League crown in the space of five seasons and the sixth in a decade, making them the second most successful side in Premier League history behind city rivals United.

Liverpool meanwhile are vying for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies. Earlier this season, they have already won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup by beating Chelsea in both finals on penalties shootouts. They are also in the final of this season’s Champions League later this month.

While Salah and Van Dijk have not been deemed fit enough to play in their crunch final day clash against Wolves, Klopp will hope to have both available against Real next Saturday.

The two have been among Liverpool’s star players in recent seasons, helping the club to win the Champions League in 2019 and their first ever Premier League crown in 2020.

Salah currently leads the golden boot charts and tally for most assists in the Premier League this season. However, not starting against Wolves leaves him in danger of missing out on both awards.

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