English Premiership

Klopp no sympathy for booked Salah

2018-05-07 09:09
Mohamed Salah (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp expressed his disappointment with top scorer Mohamed Salah on Sunday after he was booked for diving during Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Salah was shown a yellow card late in the first-half after he went to ground following a challenge by Gary Cahill.

The Egyptian endured his third game without a goal thanks to an outstanding performance from Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.

Speaking after the game Klopp said: “Yes I think it was a dive, was it?”

“Or he waited for the contact, I am not sure, so that is not what I want to see, that is not what he wants to do. But obviously it happened.

“With all the other situations, he couldn’t get any foul any more. That is not right as well. It was always like this and you have to deal with that.”

The German said that he expected better from Salah in the coming weeks as Liverpool prepare for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.

“He has played twice in a row against former team-mates, and it was the same today as it was against Roma,” Klopp said. “Before the game they are very friendly, all ‘Hello Mo, how are you?’, and hugs here and there. But then during the game [smacks hand on the table]. The same with Rüdiger today.

“He has to be much better, he can do much better and he will score again, there is no doubt about that. There was no space for anything out there. He can play with no space actually, but not today. That is it, all good.”

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