Klopp explains Salah substitution confusion as Liverpool star stays on to net winning goal vs Man City

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Mohamed Salah Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Manchester City 2022-23
Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah was never supposed to come off during Liverpool’s meeting with Manchester City despite his number being shown.
  • Egyptian star saw number shown
  • Stayed on the field to find the target
  • Reds boss was sent to the stands

WHAT HAPPENED? It appeared at one stage midway through the second half as though the Reds would be replacing their Egyptian superstar, with Klopp looking to introduce fresh legs. The No.11 was held up on the electronic board, but Salah merely made his way to the touchline to have a chat with his manager before staying on the field and netting the match-winning goal in a vital 1-0 victory for the home side at Anfield.

WHAT THEY SAID: Quizzed by Sky Sports on whether Salah had talked himself out of being changed, Klopp said: "No he was not supposed to be off, I wanted to speak to him. I did not know the number showed up, that was not the plan."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: After seeing Salah find the target, and attract some rough treatment from City, Klopp picked up a red card for ranting at the match officials. He added on being sent to the stands: "In the end, probably deserved, but you cannot have this situation. It is the clearest foul I ever saw in front of the linesman and he is not bothered. It is clear. They just watch the game but we [the managers] are involved."

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DID YOU KNOW? Liverpool have won 23 Premier League games against reigning champions, seven more than any other side. The Reds are unbeaten in their last 14 such home games (W8 D6).

WHAT NEXT FOR LIVERPOOL? Klopp’s side, who are up to eighth in the Premier League table, will be back in action on Wednesday when playing host to West Ham, before then heading out on the road to face Nottingham Forest next Saturday.