After Mohamed Salah looked upset about being substituted in Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Chelsea on Thursday, manager Jurgen Klopp has explained his reasoning for taking him off.
The Egyptian winger was hooked after 62 minutes for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with his side trailing, leaving many wondering why Klopp took his most lethal player so far in the 2020/21 campaign off.
Salah, who has scored the most goals for Liverpool this season, was visibly upset when his saw his number going up, but his manager has since explained that he felt his star player looked a bit exhausted on the night.
"I didn't want to risk it," Klopp told the BBC.
"It is all fine, I make decisions that I think are right in the moment."
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The German tactican faced a number questions about the topic from the media after the match, later telling Sky Sports: "I just brought on flesh legs, (Salah) looked like today he suffered a bit, he played a lot of games.
"I could have taken off Sadio (Mane) or Bobby (Firmino), that is all clear, but at that moment it looked like Mo. (James) Milner we bought on to wake them up a bit and keep them in the game because we needed one situation."
Salah's agent Ramy Abbas Issa caused more confusion after reacting to the substitution with a cryptic tweet.