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Furious Mohamed Salah blanks Jurgen Klopp after early Liverpool substitution

Mirror logo Mirror 28/11/2020 Rich Jones
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Furious Mohamed Salah blanked manager Jurgen Klopp as he was hauled off in Liverpool's Premier League clash with Brighton.

Salah started the clash on the south coast with Sadio Mane left on the bench as Jurgen Klopp rotates his squad to cope with a hectic schedule.

Salah, 28, did not feature in their last Premier League game against Leicester due to coronavirus and was withdrawn after an hour against Atalanta in midweek.

But, despite being left fresh to take on Brighton, he was the man to make way for Mane on the hour mark, moments after in-form Diogo Jota had fired the Reds into the lead.

a man standing on a football field: Mohamed Salah expressed his disgust when his number was called at Brighton © BT Sport Mohamed Salah expressed his disgust when his number was called at Brighton

Salah threw his hands up in disgust when his number went up on the board and shook his head as he made his way off the pitch.

After high-fiving Mane, he did not even look in the direction of manager Klopp as he stormed into the stands and took a seat without uttering a word to any team-mates or staff.

Salah's frustration was clear and there was more reason to be upset when a late Pascal Gross penalty, awarded after VAR checked an Andy Robertson challenge on Danny Welbeck, saw Brighton earn a point.

“On the day that Mo Salah is fine when he leaves the pitch, then there’s something wrong," said Klopp post-game.

“We just have to be careful [with him], he doesn’t like that.”

a person standing in front of a crowd: Salah stormed past Klopp without even glancing at his manager © BT Sport Salah stormed past Klopp without even glancing at his manager Mohamed Salah holding a football ball: Salah stormed to his seat in the stands without speaking to anyone © BT Sport Salah stormed to his seat in the stands without speaking to anyone

Klopp had once again used four attacking players in his starting lineup, with Salah joined by Jota, Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino, with Mane only on the bench.

Since Jota’s arrival and recent outstanding form, Klopp has occasionally veered away from the 4-3-3 formation that has served Liverpool so well in recent seasons.

Speaking last week, Salah insisted his delight with Jota’s impact and made clear he has no issues with the formation change.

“We are happy for him. As team-mates we are trying to push each other every day in training.

a group of people looking at a laptop: The Egyptian continued to look unhappy as he watched on © BT Sport The Egyptian continued to look unhappy as he watched on

"So to see someone come in and score goals you feel also happy for him because you feel he is going to help your team and to make it easier for us up front.

"Hopefully that will happen again and again and again. Scoring a few goals is a good way for him to start here maybe with confidence.

"To have someone else who can score goals is a great option for us. Now with Diogo we can play four together or we could still play three."

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