Liverpool's star forward Mohamed Salah will not be fit to face Barcelona when the two sides meet Tuesday in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after being ruled out with concussion.
Salah was carried off on a stretcher after suffering a head injury against Newcastle United on Saturday, a match Liverpool won 3-2 to keep alive their Premier League title hopes.
Salah netted to make it 2-2 at St James' Park - the Egyptian's 26th goal of the season - before he was injured in a collision with Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, laying motionless on the pitch for several minutes while he was treated before leaving the field on a stretcher with his hands covering his face.
"It's concussion so he wouldn't be allowed to play. We cannot do it," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told a news conference on Monday.
“He feels OK, but it is not good enough from a medical point of view."
Klopp said the club would continue to monitor Salah but would not say if he would be in contention for Sunday's final Premier League match of the season against Wolves, a match the Anfield club must win if they are to pip Manchester City to the title.
Liverpool face an uphill task to reach a second successive Champions League final as they trail Lionel Messi's Barcelona 3-0 from the first leg at Camp Nou last Wednesday.
As well as the loss of Salah, fellow striker Roberto Firmino will also miss the match through injury.
“The situation is not what you want to have," admitted Klopp. “You can’t play against Barcelona and tell the world, ‘watch this.’
“We try to win the game. If at a specific moment they give us an opportunity to go to the next round we try to do it.
“Together with our supporters it’s been a long season. There’s a little chance to make it longer but these are the last two home games of an incredible season.
“We should celebrate it with a good performance on the pitch and in the stands.”