German Jurgen Klopp, coach of Liverpool, stated that Egyptian Mohamed Salah is not the first shooter in the “Reds” penalty shootout, despite having scored 6 times in this way this season.
Klopp said, in statements highlighted by the “Liverpool Echo” network today, Sunday, that Mohamed Salah is not the first shooter in the team’s penalty kicks, but rather the captain, James Milner.
Jürgen Klopp explained that James Milner is the number 1 shooter for penalties in Liverpool, and when James is not on the stadium, Mohamed Salah will shoot the kicks, but when Milner is present, he will decide “whether to pay himself or give Salah or someone else the opportunity.”
The German coach added: “This rule remains the same, and we have not talked about it for a long time. Most of the time Milner is not on the stadium, but there was one time he was on the field and he gave the ball to Salah to shoot it.”
Klopp continued: “For me, the important thing is that the ball lands in the opponent’s net in the end, regardless of the identity of the player who is taking the penalty kick, and Milner and Salah scored a large number of penalty kicks successfully, and this is good.”
Klopp’s comments came despite Salah’s last 7 penalty kicks for Liverpool in all tournaments, while Milner’s last time a penalty kick was due to the “Boxing Day” round in 2019, that is, a whole year ago.
And Mohamed Salah had hit a penalty kick in the presence of Milner at the stadium once during the last period, against the Danish team (2-0) in the Champions League, at the end of last October.
Salah scored 6 goals from penalty kicks in all tournaments this season, with the full score.
Klopp’s comments would anger Salah, especially since the penalty shootout is an important aid to the stars who are competing for the Premier League’s top scorer title, “the Premier League.”
Klopp had said, commenting on the news about the possibility of Salah leaving at the end of the season, that his club would not force the player to stay if he wanted to leave, adding, “The only reason that pushes any player to leave Liverpool is the weather only (he said that with a smile), but we are one of the biggest clubs. The world, we pay good salaries, we have an exceptional stadium, and an amazing crowd … “
In statements to the Spanish newspaper “AS”, Salah opened the door to the possibility of moving to Real Madrid or Barcelona, for the first time, after all his answers were diplomatic before that in this regard.
Salah also admitted that he was “disappointed” after Jürgen Klopp decided not to give him the captaincy against Maitland in the Danish Champions League, as the German coach preferred Alexander Arnold to wear the captaincy in that match, which the team leaders missed.
Klopp was not satisfied with that, but he told the media, commenting on Salah’s dissatisfaction with his decision to award the badge to Arnold instead of him, that he had made a mistake when he awarded it to the English star, indicating that Divock Origi was more rightful.
Mohamed Salah tops the Premier League scorer list, with 13 goals, one goal ahead of Leicester City striker Jimmy Vardy, who has played more matches, knowing that the English striker pays his team’s penalty kicks.
Salah can increase his scores of goals, and move away more in the top scorers, if he scored against West Bromwich Albion in the match in front of him today, especially since the Egyptian international contributed 15 goals in 10 matches he fought at Anfield in front of the rising teams to the competition.
Mohamed Salah won the golden boot for the best scorer in the “Premier League” in his first two seasons with Liverpool, and he wants to regain the title this season.