Jurgen Klopp's Candid Remarks on the Incident with Mohamed Salah

Salah and Klopp had a 'clash' during the match against West Ham

by Sead Dedovic
Jurgen Klopp's Candid Remarks on the Incident with Mohamed Salah
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Jurgen Klopp addressed the situation with Mohamed Salah during the match against West Ham, where Salah had to be separated from Klopp. Salah hasn't been in his best form in the last few games, leading many to question what the future holds for the Egyptian. 

The German coach emphasized in a media interview that there are no issues in his relationship with Salah. The two of them managed to resolve things behind the scenes. Liverpool hasn't been performing well in the last few matches, losing the chance to win the FA Cup and the Europa League. 

Winning the Premier League also seems like a difficult task at the moment. 

Klopp highlighted that he and Salah have known each other for years, which helped them quickly resolve any misunderstandings.

"There's no problem. We are absolutely fine with it. It's a non-story," Klopp said after the match, as quoted by Eurosport.

"I think we have the right to deal with these things completely independent of any expectations from the outside.
If we didn't know each other for that long I am not sure how we would deal with it but we have known each other for that long and respect each other so much that it's really no problem."

Klopp believes that if Liverpool had won, everyone would quickly forget about this incident, focusing on the future and new victories for Liverpool. However, things aren't going perfectly, especially considering that Salah, a key player for Liverpool, is on the bench.

Klopp provided insights into Liverpool's current situation, highlighting the shift in perspective from the previous season. Despite once appearing as contenders for the title, circumstances led to a focus on qualifying for the Champions League, which in itself is seen as an achievement. Despite the setback in the title race, Klopp stresses the likelihood of securing third place in the league, trailing behind two strong-performing teams. While there's still a mathematical chance for success, Klopp acknowledges the challenges that lie ahead.

James Pearce's tweet is interesting, revealing Klopp's response regarding the future of the Egyptian: "It's not my subject anymore. I don't think I should speak about it, others will decide that, especially Mo. Those decisions will be made by other people." 

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool greets Mohamed Salah of Liverpool as he leaves the pitch injured during the UEFA Champions Le
Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool greets Mohamed Salah of Liverpool as he leaves the pitch injured during the UEFA Champions Le© Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Sport

Reminder, Klopp will leave the Reds at the end of this season and likely take a break in his career. It's unknown if the German coach has other plans or intends to take over another club. His priority now is to rest and focus on the future. Such situations were to be expected after Liverpool squandered many opportunities in just a few days.

This season, Liverpool missed out on significant opportunities that presented themselves. However, Manchester City also had a chance to win another Champions League title. Nevertheless, Real Madrid was more convincing in the two-legged tie. The question arises: Are English clubs experiencing a decline this season, or is the two-legged tie not a measure of quality? Jurgen Klopp provided an interesting explanation.

Klopp's explanation touches on the intensity surrounding discussions about English teams' performances in European competitions. He suggests that if the intensity isn't tempered, it could affect the players negatively. While stressing specific instances of underperformance, such as Liverpool against Atalanta, Klopp asserts that overall, the Premier League remains the top league globally. 

The early exits of Manchester City and Arsenal from the quarter-finals, alongside Liverpool's exit, don't accurately reflect the quality of English football but rather highlight the inability to deliver on crucial matchdays. Klopp emphasizes that the issue lies not in overrating English football but rather in overworking the players, suggesting that recognition of this fact is crucial. 

Jurgen Klopp on English teams

He points out that years ago, when there were four English teams in the quarter-finals, there was a tendency to attribute it primarily to the quality of the Premier League. However, Klopp suggests that this approach needs to be reevaluated. The German coach has been in England for seven years. During that time, he has achieved great success, including winning the Champions League with Liverpool. Although he had opportunities to win more, Klopp realized how challenging of a task it is.

He highlights a broader issue, beyond Liverpool's recent experiences, regarding the scheduling of matches. Klopp criticizes the scheduling of matches such as Thursday-Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday at 12:30, describing it as unacceptable. He mentions waiting for organizations like Amnesty International to intervene, emphasizing the severity of the situation.

Klopp is known as a charismatic individual who knows how to deliver interesting statements when needed most. The German is frustrated with the schedule, which has caused him huge problems. Klopp likely feels that he could have achieved much more if the schedule had been different.

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