Mohamed Salah’s full-time play on the pitch explained by Klopp
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has explained why Mohamed Salah played the duration of the club’s Champions League clash against Midtjylland on Wednesday night. The German has spoken about fixture congestion this season but elected to field the Egypt international for the duration of the trip to Midtjylland.
He has, however, defended his decision to not substitute one of his star players despite it being a dead rubber match, with Liverpool already qualifying to the knockout rounds as group winners.
Speaking in the post-match interview, Klopp said :
“You can make changes but you need a few key positions,” Klopp told the media. “It could have been one of the other three regular forwards to play up front for 90 minutes as well.
“I was in contact with Mo and he didn’t have any issues, which is why he stayed on the pitch.”
The Liverpool manager decided to play the likes of Fabinho, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah in a game where many expected the academy players to play since Liverpool had already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
He has since come under heavy criticism from the fans as Diogo Jota picked up a knock against the Danish champions and is a doubt for the Fulham game.
However, it was a match to remember for the Egyptian as his first-minute strike against Midtjylland made him Liverpool’s all-time top Champions league goalscorer surpassing Steven Gerrard’s tally of 21 goals. He has vowed to make the gap bigger between him and the Liverpool legend who spent 17 seasons at the club.
Salah’s early strike set another record as well, with his goal coming after just 55 seconds becoming the fastest goal Liverpool have ever scored in a Champions League game.
Liverpool now travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham who are currently struggling and are in the 17th position in the league table. Jurgen Klopp’s men will also be without the services of Kostas Tsimikas and Jota who both got injured during their last Champions League match.
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