Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained why the club’s star players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sometimes “hate” the decisions he makes and how they manage their feelings
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That Liverpool The manager explained that he just couldn’t talk to them about his team selection decisions. Instead, he takes that responsibility completely on himself – and challenges her to deal with it.
Klopp kept Salah in action against Benfica Champions Leaguealthough it was clear the Reds’ biggest star was desperate to find a goal after a disturbing losing streak in his last seven games.
However, the Anfield manager has been clear that there must be no emotion in his decisions – and instead his word is law as he clinically assesses whether they need to rest. And he explained: “So are footballers, they are completely in a tunnel, they want to play, play, play, play. They want to be successful and win everything. So I don’t ask the players, “Are you tired?” (They say), “No, no, why? do i look tired So I have to make these decisions without talking much, I just make them and: deal with it, move on from there.
“It’s my responsibility, right or wrong. So the reason for Mohamed Salah does not start against Benfica is easy – yes, because we are playing against Manchester City (in the FA Cup semi-finals), but also because we have 12 games after that. Nothing to do with anything else, no story to anything. Just the need. Mo played six times in 120 minutes in January and February, so we can’t just close our eyes and say, ‘Who cares?’”
Klopp is always seen as a laid-back manager with his arms around his shoulders approach in his relationships with players. But beneath that smiling exterior lies a tough character ready to make even the toughest decisions. And he revealed he set the law with Salah, despite the player, whom he describes as ‘the best in the world’, being desperately unhappy – and ‘hating’ his decision.
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He said: “Even he (Salah) is only human and so it’s clear there will be games where he can’t start, there will be games where we undress him – he hates that! But it’s clear. People might be wondering what I actually do all day, but it’s about thinking about those nice things when those things are really, really necessary, and that was clearly the case with Mo. That’s why Mo didn’t start, and I just hope the guys can play at the highest level as much as possible. Since the guys are really well trained athletes, they don’t need a lot of recovery time…but no recovery time, that’s not possible. That’s why I made my decision.”
Klopp also argued his decision to rest seven players against Benfica was justified as it will give Liverpool a real advantage as they prepare for the clash Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals. He believes in players like Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk. Fabinho and Thiago will be so much fresher for the big showdown and he added: “If seven players who started three or four days ago didn’t start last night and are fresh. Great. Seven other players got some rhythm. Great. We’re in the semifinals – outstanding.
“It’s not conscious, Mo doesn’t feel it, (fatigue), but it’s only logical — when you only sleep two hours four nights a week and you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m fine’, but on the fifth day you get a knock . The intensity of the game showed that replacing seven players was the right move. If you play this game for a few minutes and then have a nice session the day after, it doesn’t even come close to the intensity of the other game. And we have to do that because we want all the guys to be at the highest possible level for the next 12 games.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-mohamed-salah-26714179 Jurgen Klopp explains why Mohamed Salah and other Liverpool stars sometimes 'hate' him