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Liverpool face nervous wait on gravity of Salah head knock

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Liverpool are coming off of a devastating 3-0 loss in the first leg of their Champions League semifinals tilt against FC Barcelona, falling victim to Lionel Messi's superlative brilliance.

When the score was tied at 2-2, Egypt worldwide Mohamed Salah, who scored his side's second goal, fell inside the penalty area after a heavy collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

"Mo got a knock from the keeper's hip, onto his head I think", Klopp told BBC Sport.

"When we came in, he was sitting in the dressing room and watching the game, or had watched the game". It's the situation, we all thought it would be quicker, especially he thought it would be quicker, but it doesn't work out so we have to wait. I thought we played really well.

Virgil van Dijk headed the visitors into an early lead at St. James' Park, but Liverpool were fortunate when Newcastle levelled through Christian Atsu.

Victory will take Liverpool back two points ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.

The win sees Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City back to the top of the Premier League, meaning the destination of this season's title will be decided on the final day - regardless of City's result against Leicester. "How many times have we done it?"

Trent Alexander-Arnold stood over the ball and prepared to whip it in with his cultured right boot.

Matt Ritchie's driven cross was turned goalwards by Rondon, whose shot was saved on the line by the arm of Alexander-Arnold.

Mohamed Salah restored the advantage soon after with his 22nd league goal of the season.

It was a game Liverpool had to win to return to the summit of the Premier League, as the German described the circumstances that surrounded the late victor as something similar to a "fairy tale".

"It's so simple. We have the potential".

"We didn't start well, and I remember the questions about being much better away from home".

Origi, who scored a crucial stoppage-time victor against Everton last December, ensured that they will fight on for the title by heading in Xherdan Shaqiri's 86th-minute free kick at St James' Park.

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