Jurgen Klopp on Salah substitution: "I didn't want to risk it"

Jurgen Klopp gives his thoughts on controversially taking off Mohamed Salah in the second half.
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Liverpool suffered their fifth straight home defeat following a disappointing performance against Chelsea. 

Mason Mount capitalised on the lack of pressure from Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold to bend his effort into the far corner.

One major talking point was Jurgen Klopp’s decision to sub off Mohamed Salah in the 62nd minute.

A decision that left many scratching their head.

After the game, Klopp gave his take on the controversial topic.

"In that moment he looked like he felt the intensity tonight and I didn't want to risk it. 

"It is all fine, I make decisions that I think are right in the moment." 

At a point in the game when Liverpool desperately needed to score, it seemed strange to take off the league’s leading goalscorer (17). It was especially baffling considering neither Sadio Mane nor Roberto Firmino were pulling the strings for the home side.

“I just brought on flesh legs. I could have taken off Sadio or Bobby, that is all clear but at that moment it looked like Mo." 

"Mo [Salah] looked like today he suffered a bit, he played a lot of games."

Interestingly, Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issam, took to Twitter to express his views on the matter.

Did Klopp make the right decision; or would Salah's attacking presence have made the difference?


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