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Klopp Blames Liverpool’s UCL Final Defeat On Salah Injury, Sympathises With Karius

Klopp Blames Liverpool’s UCL Final Defeat On Salah Injury, Sympathises With Karius

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that the exit of Mohamed Salah changed the complexion of the UEFA Champions League final in Real Madrid’s favour.

Salah went off injured after falling awkwardly following a tackle from Sergio Ramos in the first half.

Madrid went on to score three second half goals with two of the goals off errors from Loris Karius which was capitalized by Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

“The plan is only to play to win, nothing else, not a lot to say. We started well and played exactly like we wanted to,” Klopp said in his post-match press conference.

“The situation with Sergio Ramos [and Mohamed Salah] looked really bad and it was a shock for the team, we lost the positive momentum and they immediately came up.

“We dropped deep and we could not get to Luka Modric or Toni Kroos. We had to run and work, we did that and half-time came. What can I say about the goals? We scored one, they scored three.”

Klopp revealed that Salah is likely to miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup die to the injury.

“Yes, unbelievable. It is very serious, it is with his shoulder.

“He would have tried to play on [if he could have] but I have not seen him. He is possibly in hospital for an X-ray. It does not look good.”

And on his goalkeeper’s mistakes, Klopp said: “Loris Karius knows it, everybody knows it. That is a shame in a game like this, in a season like this. I feel for him, he is a fantastic boy. The second mistake is because of the first one.

“The bad parts are difficult to get rid of in a game like this. Gareth Bale’s bicycle kick was unbelievable. We did what we could and the boys tried everything but it was not the best script for us.

“Everything was great until tonight. You go to the final to win it, it was proper chance for us and we did not take it.”

COMMENTS

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  • Mykel 6 months ago

    I feel sorry for your guys and miss salah too. I pray he makes it to the World Cup, I know that Egyptian fast will not take it lightly with Ramos if Sarah should miss d World Cup

    • I swear ,S Ramos must be punished by FIFA for his intentionally restiling tackle on Mo Salah . When i looked at it , they just planned it simply becouse they new that with Mo Salah , they won’t make it . Beside Salah had a greater oportunity to walk away with Bollon Or d shoul he win the champions leaque trophy . Thus why !

  • Bestsports. 6 months ago

    BY DESMOND EKWUEME
    HOW DID WE MISS THIS BOY?
    ●Furious Rohr Asks Staff
    ●Compares Nwakali To Mikel
    ●As Player’s Debate Rages
    Impeccable sources close to Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr say the man is furious over the inability of his backroom staff and aides to bring to his notice the huge talent of 18-year old MVV Maastricht of Holland loanee forward from Arsenal, Kelechi Nwakali who stole the show following his scintillating display and television goal in the friendly against La Liga giants and Europa League champions, Atletico Madrid on Tuesday at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium Uyo.
    “Since Tuesday after the game Rohr has been asking us about Kelechi Nwakali”, begins one of the backroom staff. “He cannot believe that such a huge talent is not part of his provisional list. He keeps asking us, how did we miss him?”, my source added.
    I further gathered that Rohr is just trying to be himself and not to be seen to be under pressure or indecisive otherwise he would have changed his mind by including Nwakali in the provisional list. According to one of my sources, Rohr was told about Kelechi but there was immense pressure on him then from some people in the NFF which led to his crying out and insisting on keeping Tunde Adelakun with him as contact person.
    Says my source, “I actually told him (Rohr) about Kelechi long before now but an influential figure in the NFF who has since left blocked the boy’s call up on ground that he (NFF bigwig) had an axe to grind with Emmanuel Amunike said to be very close to the boy. Amunike selected and appointed him captain of world conquering Golden Eaglets of 2015 class. More so, Rohr was under pressure then on the players he was inviting. We have made him understand that we actually mentioned Kelechi to him and the boy was actually invited on one occasion but the circumstances surrounding the team them made it almost impossible to pay any attention in the boy.”
    Yours sincerely gathered that Rohr said, “This boy plays like our captain (John Mikel Obi). They have almost same style and physical appearance. Their similarities are so identical. They hold the ball same way with creative touch, skills and sense. They both motivate others and dictate the pace and tone of play with their approaches. They play like leaders. How did we miss this boy?”
    Missing the World Cup is just by stroke of fate for Nwakali whose elder sibling Chidebere also had a brilliant game against Atletico Madrid. Chidebere was in the class of 2013 Golden Eaglets which had Kelechi Iheanacho. Some will sneak into the squad at the eleventh hour like Simeon Nwankwo of Italian side Crotone and Junior Lokosa of Kano Pillars without being part of the qualifiers yet some would miss the party despite getting opportunities to feature in the qualifiers or international friendlies leading to the World Cup.
    Perhaps if the game against Atletico Madrid had been played before the release of the provisional list, Nwakali brothers may have been included alongside one or two others from that friendly. Recall that 19-year old Bartholomew Ogbeche got into Adeboye Onigbinde’s Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup squad after that bicycle kick in the friendly against Paraguay.
    FOR SURE THE THE NWAKALI BROTHERS, USMAN, MUSA MOHAMMED , AZUBUIKE OKECHUKWU AND SADIK USMAN ALL HAVE A FUTURE IN NIGERIA SUPER EAGLES AFTER WORLD CUP. BUT COACH ROHR, IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO OBI MIKEL NKO? WHO IS YOUR QUALITY REPLACEMENT? EXPERIENCE TEAMS WILL SIMPLY TAKE GET HIM DOWN LIKE KANU WAS KNOCKED OUT OF KOREA JAPAN WORLD CUP AND EVEN SALAH MOHAMMED LAST NIGHT. IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN THEN YOU PLAN TO FAIL. NFF AND ROHR OVER TO YOU. WE NOW KNOW NIGERIA’S BEST PLAYERS AIN’T GOING TO THE WORLD CUP. CERTAINLY A CONTINUATION OF WORLD CUP JAMBOREE. UNPEELED PROFESSIONALS.

  • Its so sad how no one else but me, thinks of Ramos’ tackle as sheer wickedness. Its very painful to see how a professional can deliberately make a tackle on another in other to take him off- this is sheer professional witchcraft.
    I am neither a salah fan or a Liverpool fan; in fact I have since love Ronaldo, but what I saw yesternight left me with a sour taste. I have never felt this bad for a player or a team.
    I Hope Fifa or Uefa will take posts disciplinary measures on this wicked die hard fellow called Ramos(though Madrid is always a FIFA touch not).
    Its only self-deception to think it was an unintentional act, when I could see Ramos clip salahs hand as though it was a wreslemania; as if that was not enough, fell on the innocents guys hand in a deliberate attempt to cause serious or grievous bodily harm, so he can be injured enough as to be unable to continue. U cud see the joy in the faces of madrid when he was off.
    This must be condemned and punished as unprofessional: just to win a cup at the expense of another’s life: I hope Sergio is happy now; he was won the cup; salad is in tears for a shoulder dislocation; out of his most awaited world cup he had sacrifice so much with his Egyptian team to prepare for; its pathetic, I can’t hold my tears.
    May God repay Sergio in his own coin!
    at d zenith of his joy.
    I do not blame the ref for ineptitude.
    if it were u, a tricky player like Ramos, he held salad’s arm and fell on it as though it was a 50/50 struggle.
    meanwhile salad was only trying to go after the ball he already had.
    Congrats to Madrid and fans! winning at all cost mentality!
    I only speak his as human with conscience!
    Negative professional tactics is not football.
    Please Salad, we all love your gentle and humble heart.
    May God give u swift recovery!
    You remain our World’s best this season!
    I hope he sees my comment someday!
    I mean no hurt to any Madrid fan.
    u could have won without ghastly injury on another,
    of course we know if salad was there for 90mins the result.
    ***Tearsssssssss*****
    now i know I love Salad

  • Abdulrazak 6 months ago

    @Bestsports, If Kelechi Nwakali had been very active with his club MVV Maastrict then he surely would have been noticed.

  • David Ekpe 6 months ago

    @bestsport stop creating confusion atmosphere here. Ok

  • Kudos to those who identified and invited Kelechi Nwakali
    Who draws comparison to Mikel’s style of football. There are several of these young talents  who need such opportunity as this to be able to launch themselves: Ovie Ejaria, Umar Sadiq, Obinna Nwobodo,Ryan Sanusi,Tosin Omoyele.

  • My Super Eagles Xi not likely making the world cup.

    1. Ajiboye Dele
    2. Musa Moh’d
    3. Ebube Duru
    4. Anderson Esiti
    5. Stephen Eze
    6. Uche Agbo
    7. Emem Uduok
    8. Kelechi Nwakali
    9. Umar Sadiq
    10.Usman Mohd
    11.JUnior Ajayi

    • Fidelenny, my fantasy Super Eagles starting 11 that will not be in the World Cup are:

      Goalkeeper: Ambruse Vansekin.

      Defenders: Stanley Amuzie
      Azubuike Egwuekwe
      James Okwuosa
      Kingsley Madu

      Midfielder: Fengor Ogude
      Rabiu Ibrahim
      Abdulaziz Ajagun

      Forwards: Imoh Ezekiel
      Aminu Umar
      Fernando Adi.

      Disclaimer : My guy, don’t take the list above seriously, it is just a lighthearted exercise.

  • @ luomo and Istreal though not happy with MoSalah for the unfortunate injury but let be fair to Ramos the guy did not do anything wrong in that unfortunate incident it was a tangle and Salah fell awkwardly on his shoulder. It was ill luck and we just have to wish him speedy recovery rather than apportion the blame.

    • @tayo if it was another player it is understable but looking into Ramos’s antecedents i doubt if he didnt do it intentionally..the guy has always loved getting victory the rough and wrong way

    • @rayo, I beg to differ with you. Ramos is a pro. What exactly was he expecting holding to Salah’s hand while falling at that angle? It will be difficult to convince anyone he had no sinister motive. Ronaldo or Messi exactly was treated exactly the same way Salah was will the tackler go completely Scott free as Ramos did? We have e seen worse situations before because if the wicked French guy that deliberately went off Onazi’s leg I 2014 was not even given a warning this should not be a surprise. I’m so angry at Ramos because he messed up Salah at a very wrong time in his career. I am exceedingly sad for Salah.

  • My hopes and prayers for the Super Eagles based on last night’s Champions League finals are:

    – That we have players that can come off the bench to provide moments of Magic.

    – That our goalkeeper trainers work extra hard to ensure that the goalkeepers to do not have the propensities to commit ghastly errors.

    – that the team can maintain full focus for 90 minutes.

    – that our star players do not succumb to tournament-ending injuries early in key matches.

    – that all our matches are played with the right level of intensity.

    – (and know this last one is wishful think) like Real Madrid, we win the tournament (boy, won’t that be a dream come true!!!)

  • Marial majok 6 months ago

    It was intentionally harm to our king of football mo salah, which was a plan by the whole madrid to do such,may God bless SALAH to get well soon.