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Salah and Van Dijk injury updates provided as Klopp admits FA Cup “surprise”

Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk hobbled out of Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Chelsea, while Jurgen Klopp has admitted his surprise at seeing Mateo Kovacic starting the fianl

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Liverpool clinched their second piece of silverware for the season on Saturday in a manner that was remarkably similar to their first.

As was the case in the Carabao Cup final, the Reds and Chelsea played out 120 absorbing but goalless minutes at Wembley, only for Liverpool to clinch the trophy on penalties. This time it was Kostas Tsimikas who slotted the winning spot kick after Mason Mount missed for Chelsea.

It means the Reds are still on course for a possible quadruple, although Manchester City could effectively clinch the Premier League title if they win against West Ham United on Sunday.

Mirror Sport has all of your latest Liverpool headlines, as Jurgen Klopp and his players created another memorable day for supporters.

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Klopp provides injury updates

Although Liverpool fans will be elated after this latest trophy success, those celebrations may be laced with some concern after Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk left the game with injuries.

Speaking after the contest, Jurgen Klopp was asked for an update on both and seemed to indicate the duo had only suffered with minor issues. “Mo came and he said he could carry on, but I felt a little thing,” the Liverpool boss said of Salah. “I hope he will be fine.”

On Van Dijk, Klopp said the defender had “little problems” and that he should be “fine” to play again this season.

The Dutchman offered his own view of the issue too: “Hopefully well, we’re going to check it out. I felt in the first half when I sprinted, I felt a twinge behind my knee, I played on. In the end, I can’t risk it for the team and I need to trust Joel. Hopefully it will be fine.”

Read the story in full HERE.

Klopp admits FA Cup surprise

Klopp has conceded he was caught off guard by Chelsea’s FA Cup final lineup, with Mateo Kovacic making a shock start for the Blues in midfield.

Chelsea were expected to be without the influential Croatian, who had been struggling with an ankle problem in the build-up to the game after being on the end of a heavy challenge against Leeds. However, Thomas Tuchel named him in the starting line-up and he played for over an hour before being replaced by N’Golo Kante.

Klopp was asked if he was shocked to see Romelu Lukaku play but instead focused on Kovacic’s inclusion. “No [not surprised about Lukaku]. Kovacic in is a bit of a surprise. I saw the tackle,” he said. “I didn’t think that he could make it but good for him. That was a surprise but the lineup we expected.”

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Jurgen Klopp hoists the FA Cup trophy

Liverpool fans boo national anthem

The travelling Liverpool supporters booed both of the traditional songs played before the FA Cup final: ‘Abide With Me’ and the national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’.

It was the second time this year the anthem has been met by jeers from Reds at Wembley, as they produced a similar chorus when it was played ahead of the League Cup final. Daniel Orme has taken a look at why ‘God Save the Queen’ was met with this type of response.

“Some will certainly be questioning why Reds’ fans hold such disdain for the tune but it appears that the booing can be traced back to the 1980s,” he wrote. “Severe opposition to the Conservative government at the time, as well as the fallout following the Hillsborough tragedy, drove a wedge between the city and the rest of the country.

“Those on Merseyside also feel like the current Government continue to bat-aside their welfare, with foodbanks outside of both Anfield and Goodison a regular feature. In fact, Liverpool supporters have further displayed their disdain for patriotism with a sign reading ‘Scouse Not English’ regularly seen at the home of Jurgen Klopp’s men.”

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