EPL: His reaction absolutely okay – Klopp on Salah’s substitution against Chelsea
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided an explanation for his decision to substitute Mohamed Salah during their 1-1 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.
Salah, who had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half, was visibly frustrated when he was signaled to leave the pitch.
Klopp, speaking after the match, acknowledged that he didn’t expect Salah to be happy with the substitution. Salah had been aiming to score in Liverpool’s first game of the season for the seventh consecutive year.
Klopp clarified his decision, stating, “I can understand because if Mo scored, it would have been a new record for goals scored in the opening game, but I didn’t think about that. We needed stability, and we needed fresh legs. It was super intense for everybody. That’s all I can say about it; his reaction was absolutely okay.”
Klopp further expressed that he wouldn’t have expected a striker like Salah to react differently, saying, “When I sub a player and he is jumping into my arms at 1-1 and he is a striker who thinks he will score, I would be really surprised, so that’s absolutely fine.”