Liverpool now must beat the two time defending Champions League winners with its star Mo Salah injured and out of the game. Sergio Ramos hooked his left arm onto Salah's right arm and fell on top of him, with both his and Salah's weight jamming Salah's shoulder into the ground.
CRITICAL MO-MENT: @SergioRamos traps @mosalah's arm, drops his full weight. BONE BREAKER Seen it done before. F*cking criminal. #ssdiski @bbcfootball @paddypower. JOB DONE @realmadriden! @lfc dropped right off since the incident. pic.twitter.com/RPqKuggo4B— Neal Collins (@nealcol) May 26, 2018
Sergio Ramos doesn't deserve any benefit of the doubt here. He's a physical player, sure, but he's also immensely experienced and knows that in making such a tackle he's putting another player's health at risk.
Terrible news for Liverpool, and really, all football fans. Mo Salah can't continue and leaves the field in tears. #UCLfinal pic.twitter.com/JTnb2J0POy— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 26, 2018
Salah remained in the game for a few minutes after the tackle, but he eventually walked off the pitch in tears.
Minutes before Salah was injured, Keylor Navas kept the game scoreless with an excellent save on a low driving shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
WHAT A SAVE! Navas makes the first big stop of the #UCLfinal as he denies Alexander-Arnold. pic.twitter.com/YGjtgje0co— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 26, 2018
With Salah injured, Jurgen Klopp sent in Adam Lallana to replace him on the left wing. Ten minutes after Salah went down, Real Madrid right back Dani Carvajal also left the game injured.
Both Salah and Carvajal will hope that they can make quick recoveries in time to return for the World Cup.
Update: The BBC is reporting that Salah has a dislocated shoulder and is no doubtful to play in the World Cup.