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Klopp downcast after injury and errors cost Liverpool

Klopp downcast after injury and errors cost Liverpool

Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (R) falls with Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos leading to Salah being injured during the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 26, 2018.

Salah landed heavily on his shoulder as he tangled with Sergio Ramos around the 30 minute mark of the 3-1 defeat in Kiev where Gareth Bale netted a brace after Sadio Mane had cancelled out Karim Benzema's opener.

Salah has scored 44 goals in all competitions in this, his first season for Anfield.

This optimism contrasts with statements by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who said immediately after the game on Saturday Salah's injury was "serious". He is possibly in hospital for an X-ray.

"[He makes it] easier for the other players in midfield and up-front and also the defence, because defensively they have to think of him because he's a really risky player".

The 25-year-old enjoyed a phenomenal first season with the Reds and played a key role in Egypt's qualification for the World Cup, including scoring the winning goal against Congo in the final minutes.

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Egyptian Salah tweeted on Sunday: "It was a very tough night, but I'm a fighter".

After the final whistle, national newspaper Al Masry al Youm described how "Egyptians cried when the butcher Ramos dislocated Salah's shoulder".

Without Salah, it's hard to imagine Egypt pulling up any trees this summer in a group containing hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia.

He left the field on the half hour in tears.

The initial reports from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp suggested Salah would miss the World Cup, but he has now tweeted a message suggesting his hopes of taking part in Russian Federation 2018 remain alive.

Initial reports suggested that the forward dislocated his shoulder, which takes almost 12 weeks to recover from. "It doesn't look good, that's it". "I recently read him saying that I had been his inspiration and I was excited", he added.