Klopp distances himself from Salah agent with firm message to stay away

Date published: Friday 5th March 2021 4:30 - Jonny Whitfield

Mohamed Salah Liverpool v Chelsea March 2021

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp intends to steer clear of involvement with Mohamed Salah’s agent after his cryptic tweet on Thursday evening.

Ramy Abbas Issa made the intriguing post after Klopp substituted his star client during the defeat to Chelsea.

Salah cut a frustrated figure, but his manager insisted that he did it to protect the winger from injury.

Asked about the agent’s tweet, Klopp insisted that he would talk to Salah if he felt there was a problem to address.

He told reporters (via the Liverpool Echo) on possible solutions to the issue: “Talking, that’s always how it is. I’m not even sure if this situation is now a reason for a proper talk about it.

“Because there are different things. We are 1-0 down, that makes no player happy when you go off. You cannot react how you want to react in different ways because you are not happy about the game.

“On top of that you get subbed, you are a striker, you think you should stay on the pitch. That’s all completely clear, but it’s not a problem, it’s just normal life.”

Thursday’s match is not the first time Salah has raised eyebrows at Liverpool this season.

The Egyptian admitted that he felt “very disappointed” not to earn the captain’s armband in December’s dead rubber Champions League clash with Midtjylland.

“But apart from that, you mention Midtjylland. That’s so long ago that it was absolutely nothing,” Klopp said.

“Mo is in a good mood, he scored goals after that. These things are not our problem.”

Salah, Liverpool have to improve

Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea marked a fifth successive defeat at Anfield for the Reds, a first in the club’s history.

Klopp said: “We all have to improve. You only lose games when you have more potential than the result shows, then it’s all about the performance.

“Mo still has a great scoring record, but I’m sure everyone knows and he knows that he could have scored more goals.

“Mo’s scoring record is not our problem, but in general we have to improve 100 per cent.”

Elsewhere in Friday’s press conference, Klopp confirmed a fresh injury blow for his side.

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