Sergio Ramos vs Mo Salah

Update on Liverpool star Mo Salah’s status for World Cup opener

French outlet L’Equipe have this evening provided an update on Liverpool star Mohamed Salah’s chances of appearing in Egypt’s opening fixture at this summer’s World Cup, after the Reds’ winger was forced off with a shoulder injury during the Champions League final.

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Liverpool went head to head with reigning European champions Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night, with proceedings having taken a sour turn for Jurgen Klopp’s men with just half an hour gone, when a challenge between Sergio Ramos and Mo Salah left the latter in agony and subsequently forced off with a shoulder injury.

Karim Benzema then went on to open the night’s scoring shortly after half-time, albeit in incredibly fortunate circumstances, as Loris Karius inexplicably attempted to throw the ball across his box, only for Benzema to get a toe on the ball and divert his effort home.

Liverpool did manage to pull a goal back a short time later, when Sadio Mane reacted quickest to Dejan Lovren’s header from a corner to prod home in front of Keylor Navas, but this was as good as things were to get for the Merseysiders.

After substitute Gareth Bale turned the game on its head with a stunning overhead kick from the edge of the box, the Welshman then went on to become the first player to ever score a brace off the bench in a Champions League final.

However, Bale’s second came courtesy of another shocking blunder from Karius, who failed to deal with the former Tottenham man’s relatively-straightforward long-range strike 7 minutes from time.

Loris Karius after Champions League final

KIEV, UKRAINE – MAY 26: Loris Karius of Liverpool looks dejected following his sides defeat in the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Rocked

In truth, though it was Karius who took the blame for Liverpool’s defeat, the Reds never quite looked the same following Salah’s injury, with the attacking impetus and, frankly, confidence of Jurgen Klopp’s men having seemingly been sapped away by the exit of their talisman.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s clash, it was soon revealed that Salah had suffered a dislocated shoulder, with many outlets having immediately responded to the news by claiming that the Egyptian was set to miss this summer’s World Cup.

Sergio Ramos vs Mo Salah

KIEV, UKRAINE – MAY 26: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool falls and lands on his shoulder after a collision with Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid, leading to him going off injured during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Liverpool at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Sidelined

However, other outlets have refuted this claim, with Salah himself having revealed in a Twitter post yesterday that he is ‘confident’ in his chances of lining out for his country in Russia.

And L’Equipe have this evening provided the latest update on the fitness of Egypt’s crown jewel, with the French outlet revealing that Salah looks set to be sidelined for at least the next 3 weeks, meaning he is likely to miss the Pharaohs opening World Cup fixture versus Uruguay on the 15th of June.

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