Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp reveals double injury blow ahead of key Southampton clash

Liverpool will be without key duo Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah for must-not-lose Premier League game at St Mary's.

Liverpool have been dealt a double injury blow with both Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah set to miss the clash with Southampton.

Both were forced off with knocks in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea on Saturday and must now sit out the trip to the south coast.

If Liverpool lose the game they will see their challenge for the Premier League title ended.

They also have the Champions League final to worry about, although Salah and Van Dijk are both expected to be fit for that and have a chance of making the line-up for the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.

When asked if Van Dijk and Salah will play a part against Southampton, Klopp said: "No.

"They are both OK, so the target for both would be they could be involved again at the weekend.

"It's very positive, (there is) no doubt about the final and we're realistic about the Wolves game (on Sunday), but for tomorrow, (we'd) rather not."

Liverpool will be facing a fresh team when the come up against Southampton, with the Saints' last outing the 3-0 defeat to Brentford on March 7.

That will be a ten-day rest between matches compared to Liverpool having to go to extra time on Saturday in the FA Cup final.

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"When did Southampton have their last game? I think it was 10 (or) 12 days ago. (It's) long. OK, they might lack a bit (of) rhythm but, if we make changes, we lose that advantage of having rhythm as well.

"They are completely fresh and this is a high-energetic, well-organised team. That's the challenge we face.

"Imagine we go there with 10 players, or eight players, who played 120 minutes. That makes no sense, so that's why we have to make changes.

"What I can promise, definitely, is we will line up to try to win the game at Southampton. We have a job to do and we have to see who is able to help.

"I am really looking forward to the game tomorrow, but is it a big chance? I wouldn't say so because I don't know when City last dropped points two games in a row.

"I don't expect City to drop points, but that has no influence on our game tomorrow. In an ideal world we'll go into the last match one point behind."

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