Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Jurgen Klopp discloses why he subbed Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s loss to Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp discloses why he subbed Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s loss to Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp reveals that he substituted Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal because he required a ‘very intense’ defensive performance on his right side.

After 58 seconds, Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli put the Reds ahead at the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool equalized through Darwin Nunez, but Klopp’s side trailed at halftime after Bukayo Saka’s goal.

Roberto Firmino equalized again, but Arsenal were awarded a soft penalty, which Saka converted to give Mikel Arteta’s side the win.

Meanwhile, Salah struggled to make an impact and was replaced in the 69th minute with the score 2-2.

When asked after the game why he took Salah off, Klopp said, “I thought we can… so we had to defend again on a high level and we tried to put Hendo on that side there. Mo did unbelievable, a lot, really big, big workload, he put in a real shift.

“Sometimes it’s very intense and that’s why we thought we could do it with Hendo.

“We wanted still to win, even when we took a striker off.”

Klopp also ruled Liverpool out of contention for the Premier League title, as the result has left his team 14 points behind the leaders.

“Yeah, not in the title race. Imagine if I would sit here and think we are nearly there, wait.

“Look, we saw a lot of things. So we have problems in the moment but because the team in form, the leader of the table… even in a really bad situation for us with early changes of stuff, we caused them real problems, so that’s the truth as well.

“Of course, in a situation like ours, we play Arsenal, now we play Rangers obviously and then we play Man City, is that the perfect opponent for finding confidence back? Probably not. But we will go out there and fight and that’s what we have to do and that’s what we will do.

“And we are not here for being happy with the situation we are in and stuff like this and thinking about last year and nearly there and nearly there – not at all, nobody of us is like that.

“But it is always like this, in a situation like this: you can ask all the questions, but my answers, I cannot change really a lot. If you are winning, there are five million things we could talk about, ‘He’s great, he’s great and he’s super, and the goals were outstanding.’

“Losing is always the same, the conversations are a bit more rusty. I cannot change that, I couldn’t be bothered about it, to be honest. But we work on solutions – today I saw, how I said, some of them.

“But what you build with your hand you knock down with your backside, that’s not helpful and that’s what we did today. That makes it obviously even more difficult but we will keep going.”

Jurgen Klopp discloses why he subbed Mohamed Salah in Liverpool’s loss to Arsenal