Jurgen Klopp has provided a prickly reaction when asked about his decision to substitute Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night.
Liverpool’s wretched recent form continued with a disappointing defeat to their top four rivals, setting an unwanted new record after the Reds suffered a fifth consecutive home defeat for the first time in their history.
It was the latest poor performance in what has proven a torrid title defence for the champions, who face an uphill task to secure European qualification this season following their latest loss.
Klopp sparked headlines following his decision to substitute Mohamed Salah with 28 minutes of the contest and Liverpool trailing at Anfield, the league’s leading scorer having visibly shown his displeasure as he was replaced.
Klopp appeared less than happy to receive questions on Salah’s substitution when pressed on the matter, before insisting his side must ‘improve’ ahead of this weekend’s clash with Fulham.
“Is this situation a reason for a proper talk about it? We were 1-0 down.” he told his pre-match press conference.
“He wasn’t happy with being subbed as a striker, he wanted to stay on. It’s a normal issue. It’s all okay. These things are not our problem.
“We all have to improve, definitely. Mo still has a great scoring record and everyone knows even he knows himself he could have scored more. That’s not a problem but in general we have to improve.”