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Klopp explains decision to allow Milner to take Fulham penalty instead of Salah

Jurgen Klopp has explained the decision to let James Milner take Liverpool’s penalty in their 2-1 win over Fulham, despite the presence of Mohamed Salah on the pitch.

Milner converted from the spot to earn Klopp’s side a vital win at Craven Cottage, after former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel had cancelled out Sadio Mane’s opener in West London.

Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer this season with 20 and has scored from the spot on four occasions this season, though the responsibility at Fulham was handed to 33-year-old Milner.

Milner scored to move Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League, and Klopp explained the decision to allow Milner to take the kick, the midfielder now having also scored four spot-kicks so far this season.

‘Mo scored a lot of goals and then he got the penalties as well, but when Millie is on the pitch I think it makes sense – wonderful,’ Klopp told the post-match press conference.

‘Doubts, no, but even Millie is a human being and you can fail. Very, very good.’