'Get well soon Mo!' Fans react as Salah stretchered from the pitch after suffering head injury
Fans have sent their best wishes to Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who was forced from the field of play after suffering a head injury as a result of a collision with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka during a 3-2 away win.
The Egyptian was subsequently stretchered off with the match at 2-2 and is doubtful to make Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona on Tuesday or the Reds' crunch last game of the season against Wolves.
Salah had restored the Merseyside club's lead on 28 minutes after Christian Atsu equalized for the home side eight minutes earlier. Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring on 13 minutes.
Salah can break your heart too, get well soon inshallah pic.twitter.com/h1qiBtj5if— Mohamed Mohsen (@muhmed002) May 4, 2019
Mo Salah went off with a head injury 🙏🤕 pic.twitter.com/ysEEQvIgDX— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 4, 2019
Salah needs a stretcher. Safety should always come first in these situations 🚑Let’s hope he’s ok and recovers well 🙌There are far more important things in life than football👏 pic.twitter.com/FuKt5NzxVe— Mo Salah Facts (@MoSalahFacts) May 4, 2019
In a twist of irony, the Premier League top scorer was replaced by the man who took them a step closer to their first league title in 30 years: Divock Origi sealed the three points with a late winner four minutes from time to put the Anfield club back on top of the league, ahead of Manchester City by two points.
Fans had already grown tense over Salah's zealous treatment from Newcastle's Matt Ritchie, who was tasked with dealing with the in-form forward, and fulfilled his duty with some very tight man-marking.
Apoplectic fans laid into referee Andre Marriner who was perceived to have allowed the winger to do as he pleased on the pitch without fear of punishment.
Andre Marriner has missed three big moments in the opening 30 minutes at St James' Park. High foot against Mane in the penalty area, control of the ball by Salah's hand / arm at the back post and now a high challenge on Salah. Poor refereeing on the whole. #NEWLIV— Chris Williams (@Chris78Williams) May 4, 2019
Ritchie wan kill Salah. 🤣— EKUN (@Blvck_skinhead) May 4, 2019
Matt Ritchie is a cheating scummer!! Takining salah out constantly, tripping TAA as he’s running back... ref must be blind!! 😡— Kieran Gillies (@chunkie13) May 4, 2019
Someone should kick Ritchie to give him a taste of his own medicine. He's been kicking Salah non stop and ref isn't even giving fouls— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) May 4, 2019
And Ritchie has literally just been told to kick Salah as much as he can.— Billy (@BillyBeanpole84) May 4, 2019
Liverpool's reign at the top of the pile could last only until Monday, as Manchester City play their game-in-hand against Leicester on Monday. The two clubs could go into their final games of the season knowing the title will be decided on that day.