Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp played down the importance of replacing his Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, a quarter of an hour after the start of the second half of the Chelsea match, on Thursday, as part of the 29th round of the Premier League.
Liverpool lost the meeting at home with a clean goal, and the expected offer was not presented, and Salah’s substitution constituted a question mark, in light of Liverpool’s need for its attackers to adjust the result.
“We talk, this is how it always goes,” Klopp said at a press conference before the Fulham signing. “Is this incident a reason to go into a deeper conversation, I’m not sure”.
He added, “Salah was not happy to replace him as a striker. He wanted to stay on the field more. It is a normal problem, everything is fine.”
Added, “We make decisions at the same moment, then we have to explain to them while you then create stories, these discussions we did not have.”
He noted, “I make the decision, the youth accept it. We all know that we have reached the summit together, and we will solve our problems together. This is our idea.”
He added, “I think Salah enjoys the pressure. He was amazing again. I could have changed another player last night, but it was more related to the player who would enter. It seemed as if Salah was feeling the intensity of the match. Maybe he saw the matter from a different angle; that’s okay.”
He continued, “Once again, Salah’s scoring record is distinguished; it is a fact. I could have taken out another player, not the most important thing in the world; maybe 30 minutes without Salah would be the reason for his playing Sunday’s match.
In a related development, Klopp confirmed that his Turkish defender Ozan Kabak will miss the Fulham match due to injury, and the defensive duo Nathaniel Phillips and Ben Davis will be ready to participate.