Klopp explains why Mohamed Salah did not start against Benfica

Klopp explains why Mohamed Salah did not start against Benfica

German coach Jurgen Klopp, coach of the Liverpool team, gave his Egyptian star Mohamed Salah a break from participating in the main match against Benfica, in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals with 6 of his colleagues in the match that was held at Anfield.


The Egyptian star, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s top scorer, came to the team’s bench, as the coach preferred to rest with a number of the team’s stars, before participating from the middle of the second half, and Liverpool tied 3-3 with Benfica after winning the first leg 3-1 to qualify the Reds with a total of two matches 6- 4 It guarantees qualification for the semi-finals and collides with the Spanish team Villarreal.

And the technical director of the English club made 7 changes to the squad that drew 2-2 with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, last Sunday, in the English Premier League, and put Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara next to Salah on the bench. And Sadio Mane.

“I watched the matches, they were all amazing for different reasons,” Klopp, the German coach, told BT Sport.

Klopp added, “The reason for the changes is that I expect a difficult game and I want new players, I want excitement and desire, I have to make decisions before I know the result, but I love this squad that will achieve that.”

“I asked the players to prepare, they must all be ready, we have a chance to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals, if we don’t fight for it, Benfica should go to the semi-finals, not us.”

The German coach arrived, “We participate in 4 tournaments, and fortunately we are good enough this year not to go out early, but we have a lot of games in a row, let’s beat them.”

“On Saturday, we play against City, then Aston Villa in the English Premier League, then we play with Manchester United and Everton, and then before the Champions League final,” Klopp concluded.

Liverpool will face Manchester City again, next Saturday, but this time in the FA Cup final, which Klopp clearly had in mind when choosing his squad against Benfica.

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