Jurgen Klopp explains why Mo Salah didn’t take Liverpool FC’s winning penalty
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp explains why Mohamed Salah didn't take their late penalty in Sunday's 2-1 victory at Fulham
Jurgen Klopp insists it made sense for James Milner to take Liverpool FC’s winning penalty rather than Mo Salah in Sunday’s 2-1 victory at Fulham.
The Merseyside outfit made the breakthrough in the first half thanks to Sadio Mane’s 11th goal in his last 11 games in all competitions for Klopp’s men.
Mane combined with Roberto Firmino before the Senegal international slotted a finish past Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Liverpool FC squandered their lead in the second half when Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk suffered a breakdown in communication to allow Ryan Babel to equalise.
Milner was a second-half substitute for Adam Lallana in the 72nd minute at Craven Cottage and the retired England international was partly responsible for Fulham’s goal.
However, the 33-year-old made amends when Milner placed his penalty past Rico after the Fulham goalkeeper was penalised for a foul on Mane in the 81st minute.
Salah was unable to end his seven-game goal drought after failing to find the net since a 3-0 victory over Bournemouth on 2 February.
Speaking to Liverpool FC’s website about Milner taking the penalty ahead of Salah, Klopp told his post-match media conference:
“Mo scored a lot of goals and then he got the penalties as well, but when Millie is on the pitch I think it makes sense – wonderful.
“Doubts, no, but even Millie is a human being and you can fail. Very, very good.”
Liverpool FC are sitting in top spot in the Premier League table and two points ahead of second-placed Manchester City.