Jurgen Klopp Reveals Why He Substituted Xherdan Shaqiri At Half

Jurgen Klopp Reveals Why He Substituted Xherdan Shaqiri At Half

Jurgen Klopp Reveals Why He Substituted Xherdan Shaqiri At Half

Egypt worldwide Salah, 26, netted 44 times for the Reds last season and was the Premier League's top scorer.

"It was not easy, to be honest". It's my job to sometimes deliver news that nobody wants to hear.

"Everyone loves Shaq, that's how it is, without playing plenty of minutes and that is more my mistake than his". I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation. I explained it to him so it's no problem. That was the plan.

There was little in the way of early threat from either side, but Sean Dyche's side increased the pressure and were rewarded a few minutes before half-time, Ashley Westwood's blocked effort falling to Matej Vidra, who tapped in. "It's just good to have him; the free-kick was outstanding".

Home midfielder James Maddison brushed the side-netting with a free kick soon after the break - but he was on target with his next dead ball attempt, bending the ball past Jonas Lossl to increase the pressure on the winless Terriers, and Vardy's superb dinked finish wrapped up the win. "Really, he's in good shape and the most important thing is that physically he is in a very good shape and that helps". "He was good, I liked it".

It was not just any match for Klopp either as he celebrated an impressive milestone on the bench, taking charge of his 600th game.

The league favourites' convincing wins see Liverpool lead the table on a maximum 18 points from six games with unbeaten City still pursuing hard on 16.

"He had already, before the PSG game, kind of a bruise on the ribs, which is very uncomfortable", Klopp said of his centre-half at his postmatch news conference.

"It should not be too serious". He said: 'I couldn't shout anymore, ' so that's obviously 60 percent less of his level. It should be absolutely OK, hopefully.

'I made different decisions but his time will come, that is for sure.

The Reds finished in the top four and lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last term thanks in part to Salah's goals.

Since their last defeat against a team outside the big six - 1-0 at Swansea in January - their record in that category is W12 D3 L0.

Hughes, who managed Shaqiri at Stoke, backed his former player to succeed at Anfield.

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