Lukaku injured in United draw, Salah fires Liverpool

Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is taken off on a stretcher after appearing to pick up a head injury during the English Premier League football match against Southampton. (Oli SCARFF/AFP) Lukaku crashed into Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt as the pair contested an aerial challenge early in the first half at Old Trafford. The Belgium striker lay prone on the pitch barely moving while he was treated by medical staff for five minutes. Lukaku remained conscious and was eventually carried off wearing an oxygen mask. The injury continued a difficult period for Lukaku, who has scored just four times in his last 19 appearances for Jose Mourinho’s side. In the absence of Lukaku, Mourinho’s men were unable to break down Southampton and had to settle for their third successive league draw. United end a frustrating December trailing 14 points behind leaders Manchester City, who face Crystal Palace on Sunday. “When you see a player leave the pitch like he did, it is usually two games at least,” Mourinho said of Lukaku. “We missed easy chances but I’m really unhappy because we should have had a penalty.” Virgil van Dijk, signed from Southampton for a world record fee for a defender of £75 million (US$100 million), isn’t able to play for Liverpool until January. But the flaws the Dutch centre-back will be asked to fix were on display as Leicester took a third-minute lead at Anfield. With Van Dijk watching on, Joel Matip carelessly conceded possession and Riyad Mahrez set up Jamie…

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