Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that defender
Dejan Lovren did not pick up a serious injury in the win over RB Salzburg on
Goals by Naby Keita and a sensational strike from Mohamed
Salah ensured a 2-0 victory in Austria that booked their passage through to the
last 16 of the Champions League.
The one downside to the performance was Lovren suffering yet
more injury issues as he was forced off for the second successive match with a
The manager is hopeful it is only a recurrence of the cramp
he suffered at Bournemouth on Saturday, but until he gets the full diagnosis,
he cannot say for sure.
"We hope it's exactly the same as the last time he felt
something, and we made a decision," Klopp said. "It wasn't cool. He
played really well and was very important in those 55 minutes. We don't know at
the moment. Like last time, we have to see."
Meanwhile, Klopp hailed a "sensational" goal by
The Egypt international had missed a hat-trick of relatively
simple, by his standards at least, chances but slid home a curling shot from
the narrowest of angles which virtually brushed the near post before creeping
inside the far upright.
That came around a minute after Keita headed home Sadio
Mane's cross, the two former Salzburg players combining to ease the nerves
after Klopp's side endured a challenging first half.
But the moment Salah's goal went in it was plain sailing for
the defending champions and the forward could still have had a couple more
before the end.
"He played really well but didn't score in the
situations we expect him to score, staying on track and making such a decisive
but a difficult finish says probably much more about him than all the other
goals he scored," Klopp said of Salah.
"He stayed concentrated, believed in the next moment
and it was a very good goal. A sensational finish."