Klopp explains why he had to take off Salah, after Rudiger made him suffer

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Mohamed Salah was the first name to be taken off the pitch in Thursday’s clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.

After 62 minutes, Jurgen Klopp took off the Egyptian, who was very ineffective all through the game.

Salah had no room to operate against Antonio Rudiger who had him in his pocket all game, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, admitted that the Egyptian superstar suffered on the pitch.

When asked to explain his decision to substitute Salah, Klopp told Sky Sports: “I just brought on flesh legs.

“Mo looked like today, it’s not very often… he suffered a bit, he played a lot of games. I could have taken off Sadio or Bobby, that is all clear but at that moment it looked like Mo suffers the most.

“Oxlade trains really well so you have to respect that as well and to show that you see it, these kind of things.

“Milly [Milner] trains really good, we could not accept a second goal, we were not compact enough so that’s why we brought on Milly, wake them all up.

“From a football point of view of course we could have brought Naby [Keita] that’s clear as well. But it was a little bit about keeping them in the game because we needed one situation. But if you let them run through one or two times more often then we are 2-0 down and we do not have to think about it any more.”

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