Jurgen Klopp explains why Mohamed Salah played 90 minutes for Liverpool against Midtjylland

Jurgen Klopp explains why Mohamed Salah played 90 minutes for Liverpool against Midtjylland

Liverpool Echo Sports·2020-12-10 10:00

Jurgen Klopp has defended his decision to leave Mohamed Salah on for the full 90 minutes as Liverpool drew 1-1 with FC Midtjylland in their final Champions League group game. The Egyptian was a surprise starter for the Reds in Denmark, retaining his place from Sundays 4-0 victory over Wolves as Klopp made eight changes to his starting XI. But he wasted no time in opening the scoring, taking just 55 seconds to fire Liverpool ahead to become the Reds outright leading goalscorer in Champions League history. Having missed Liverpool's 3-0 win with Leicester City last month after contracting coronavirus, Salah has started each of the Reds last five matches.Read MoreRelated ArticlesRead MoreRelated ArticlesBut Klopp has dismissed any suggestion that it was a risk to start Salah when explaining his team selection after the final whistle.You can make changes but you need a few key positions, the German told reporters. It could have been one of the other three up front as well.In the last line that was the reason why Fabinho played 45 minutes there. In midfield usually it would probably have been Naby but he didn't play that often so couldn't fulfil the role and needs minutes now again.That was the decision for Mo and how the game developed and how the game looked, Mo looked fine so that's why we didn't take him off.Even though players don't play that much it is difficult to get through 90 minutes after a pretty long time when you don't play 90 minutes.I was in contact with Mo and he didn't have any issues, which is why he stayed on the pitch.FC Midtjylland vs LiverpoolBy scoring against Midtyjlland, Salah took his total to the season for 12 goals and his 22nd in the Champions League for the Reds to overtake club legend Steven Gerrard.And Klopp paid tribute to the Egyptian after breaking his latest record, but was quick to point out there is much more to his game than goals."It is one record after another, he said. I didnt know he could break his record tonight but I'm pretty sure he is proud of that, he should be."An exceptional player, an absolutely exceptional player. Since we were together he helps the team the way he knows and appreciates the help of the team as well."If it was only Mo, the incredible number of his goals, it would not be enough to be successful, so thank god others scored a lot of goals as well and made this team pretty successful."But Mo is a very exceptional player. Nobody doubted it but if you need numbers to prove, he delivers that as well."

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