Salah confident of making World Cup after euro blow


Mohamed Salah is confident he will be available for the World Cup despite suffering a shoulder injury against Real Madrid.

Liverpool’s 44-goal top scorer was forced off midway through the first half of Saturday’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat due to the problem sustained in a tangle with Sergio Ramos.

Jurgen Klopp feared the issue could rule Salah out of Egypt’s World Cup campaign, which starts in just under three weeks, but the player has posted a positive message on Twitter.

‘It was a very tough night, but I’m a fighter. Despite the odds, I’m confident that I’ll be in Russia to make you all proud,’ the 25-year-old posted.

‘Your love and support will give me the strength I need.’

The match was goalless at that stage, although Klopp’s side were in the ascendancy. Liverpool’s players struggled to adjust and Real took advantage, eventually running out winners partly thanks to two errors by goalkeeper Loris Karius and a stunning overhead kick by Gareth Bale.

Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum admitted the injury to Salah so early in the contest affected their performance.

‘I think it was a big blow for us, it seemed like a big blow for us the way the way we reacted after his injury,’ said Wijnaldum. ‘I think when he was on the pitch we did it well for 25 minutes but (after the injury) there was less than before.

‘Those things happen and we had to deal with it but it was difficult.’