The Reds lost two points in a 1-1 draw at Brighton, and their coach saw a star striker throw a punch and the technology generated more controversy.
Jurgen Klopp has shrugged off Mohamed Salah’s irate reaction to being substituted in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at Brighton, and the Egyptian has been frustrated by the withdrawal.
The defending Premier League champions saw two points slip away at the end at Amex Stadium.
The hosts had already missed a penalty through Neal Maupay before Pascal Gross had a second chance from the point in injury time, which he duly converted. By then Liverpool had begun to shuffle its package, with Salah, in his first outing since a breakdown imposed by the coronavirus, replaced in the 64th minute by Sadio Mane. The Egyptian did not take kindly to see his number withheld and ignored his manager before taking a seat in the stands.
Klopp has no problem with that reaction, with the Reds boss welcoming the shows of passion from those who want to play every minute.
He said BT sport: “If Mo is smiling when he leaves the field, then something is wrong. We have to be careful, he doesn’t like that, but that’s it. “
Klopp has spoken regularly in recent weeks about the hectic schedule Liverpool are facing, with an unfortunate streak of injuries seen as a consequence.
They saw another seasoned star thrown out against Brighton, with James Milner suffering a hamstring problem.
Lady Luck hasn’t been smiling at the Reds lately, and technology is working against her at Amex as well.
Salah and Mane saw goals discarded for offside, while Gross’s late penalty was awarded in review after Andy Robertson caught Danny Welbeck inside the area.
The Reds must now regroup and leave again, and the games continue to be intense and fast.
Klopp will have to make more top picks in a Champions League clash with Ajax on Tuesday, before hosting Wolves in the Premier League next weekend.
Salah will be eager to see as many minutes as possible in those matches, with the 28-year-old working to get back into his rhythm.
Yet it is Diogo Jota who continues to dominate the headlines for Liverpool in the final third today, with the Portugal international scoring his ninth goal of the season, in just 14 appearances, in a draw with Brighton.
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