After being stretched out of the field, Mohamed Salah looked to be in stable condition, and his manager was very much confident and optimistic that the attacker was going to be ready for the second leg against Barcelona.
But as it stands out, that is going to be no more when the two sides meet this week for the UEFA Champions League as Liverpool race for a double this season.
Two Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino will miss Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg with Barcelona through injury.
Salah left the pitch on a stretcher after an aerial collision with Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka during Saturday’s 3-2 win.
Manager Jurgen Klopp says concussion will keep Salah out, as Liverpool look to overhaul a 3-0 deficit at Anfield.
Firmino missed the win over Newcastle with a muscle injury.
“Two of the world’s best strikers are not available tomorrow night and we have to score four goals,” said Klopp.
“It doesn’t make life easier but as long as we will try for 90 minutes to celebrate the Champions League campaign to give it a proper finish.
“That’s the plan. If we can do it, wonderful. If we can’t do it, let’s fail in the most beautiful way.”
Salah appeared to be in tears when he was carried from the pitch at St James’ Park but Klopp says the Egypt international now feels “OK”.
“It’s not good enough from a medical point of view,” Klopp added. “He is desperate to play but we cannot do it.
“It’s a concussion. That means he would not even be allowed to play.”
Klopp is confident Salah will be able to play in Liverpool’s final Premier League game of the season against Wolves at Anfield on Sunday, where the Reds could win the title for the first time since 1990.
All eyes will now be focusing at Anfield, where Liverpool will be hosting Barcelona to try beating the three deficit goals Barcelona got at home where the Anfield boys will be expected to score at least four goals and expect that Barcelona doesn’t get one.