PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah, has failed to score in three successive games for Liverpool, and the Egyptian was well marshalled against the ruthless Antonio Rudiger as the Germany international made sure Salah didn’t have a good game.
Rudiger and Salah were teammates at Roma, and the Chelsea defender promised to keep Salah at bay on Sunday, and he did.
Jurgen Klopp spoke about Rudiger’s hold on his star man, and admitted that Salah has for the second time failed to shine against his former teammate.
“He has played twice in a row against former team-mates, and it was the same today as it was against Roma,” the Liverpool manager said.
“Before the game they are very friendly, all ‘Hello Mo, how are you?’, and hugs here and there. But then during the game [smacks his hand on the desk]. The same with Rüdiger today.
“He has to be much better, he can do much better and he will score again, there is no doubt about that. There was no space for anything out there. He can play with no space actually, but not today. That is it, all good.”