Mohamed Salah may have fired Liverpool into an early lead in their Premier League tie against Watford on Saturday night but the Reds suffered a major blow soon after as influential midfielder Emre Can pulled up and had to be replaced by James Milner inside the first half-hour.

Can was clutching his back in the 26th minute and seemed to be in visible discomfort and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp immediately signalled to Milner to come on in place of the German midfielder.

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Salah would strike again to make it 2-0 as the hosts seemed unaffected by Can’s absence but fans will hope the burly German is back in action without much delay.

Liverpool are not assured of a top-four spot in the Premier League just yet and next take on Crystal Palace on March 31 for a league fixture before hosting Manchester City for a mammoth UEFA Champions League quarterfinal on April 4.

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Can’s participation in the aforementioned fixtures is a major doubt after his latest injury setback and Klopp is expected to make a statement regarding his player’s fitness after the tie at Anfield concludes.