Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained why he replaced striker Mohamed Salah early in his team’s 1-0 loss to Chelsea on Thursday night at Anfield.
Klopp made a surprise decision by replacing Salah with Diogo Jota after just 62 minutes during the match.
Salah was clearly unhappy with Klopp’s call when the former AS Roma forward shook his head on the Liverpool bench.
Klopp has now said he replaced Salah because he was concerned that the Egyptian international would suffer from fatigue during Liverpool’s loss to Chelsea.
Mason Mount’s goal in the first half gave Thomas Tuchel’s team all three points against Liverpool.
Klopp told Sky Sports: “I just brought on flesh legs. Mo [Salah] looked like today, it’s not very often… he suffered a bit, he played a lot of games.
“I could have taken off Sadio or Bobby, that is all clear, but at that moment, it looked like Mo suffered the most.
“Oxlade trains really well, so you have to respect that as well and to show that you see it, these kinds of things.
“Milly [Milner] trains really good. We could not accept a second goal. We were not compact enough, so that’s why we brought on Milly, wake them all up.
“From a football point of view, of course, we could have brought Naby [Keita] that’s clear as well.”
Liverpool’s next match is a home game against Fulham on Sunday, as they hope for a positive reaction.