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Liverpool: Klopp reveals triple injury blow ahead of Southampton

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been dealt a triple injury setback ahead of Tuesday night’s pivotal Premier League clash against Southampton.

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Speaking in his pre-match press conference on Monday, the German revealed that the influential trio of Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho will all miss the trip to St Mary’s.

Having missed the FA Cup final triumph after limping off against Aston Villa last week, the latter will once again be absent against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, with Klopp revealing that while the Brazilian is “progressing very well”,  he will “not be involved” in the Reds’ penultimate match of the top-flight campaign.

As for his fellow team-mates, the former Borussia Dortmund boss later hinted that Salah and Van Dijk won’t be involved against the Saints, although they could return for Sunday’s final day clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Klopp said of the duo: “Very positive, or no doubt, about the final. Pretty realistic about the Wolves game. But tomorrow [Tuesday], rather not.”

Salah was forced off just 33 minutes into Saturday’s Wembley showdown due to a groin injury, while Van Dijk was replaced prior to extra time with a knee complaint.

Huge blow for Liverpool

Despite the positive news that the three players will likely be involved this weekend or at least be ready for the following Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid, their expected absence tonight will no doubt be a real cause of concern for the Reds boss and will leave him fuming with his luck.

The Merseysiders are currently still in the race to lift the Premier League title, although they are fully aware that anything other than victory would effectively hand the crown to reigning champions Manchester City.

Will Liverpool beat Southampton?

Yes, we march on!

Yes, we march on!

No, title race over!

No, title race over!

With the Reds currently four points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with a game in hand, defeat at St Mary’s would see City crowned before the final day, while the league leaders’ superior goal difference also means that a draw on the south coast would effectively end the Anfield outfit’s charge for a second league triumph in three seasons.

With a win needed to keep themselves in contention, not being able to call upon the three aforementioned absentees will make tonight’s task more difficult, with the trio making up part of the club’s impressive spine.

Van Dijk has been integral to Klopp’s team conceding a joint-league low 24 goals so far this term, while Brazilian midfield star Fabinho has proven a reliable defensive screen, averaging 1.6 tackles and 1.4 interceptions per game and also chipping in with five league goals.

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Arguably the biggest miss of all could be that of Salah, with the Egyptian genius currently leading the division in both goals (22) and assists (13), having plundered a staggering 155 goals and 63 assists in 252 Liverpool games in all competitions since his £34m move from Roma in 2017.

With Sky Sports pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville having recently praised the club’s new-found strength in depth, tonight’s encounter will be an indicator of just how deep their resources are and whether or not they can cope without such leading figures.

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