‘Salah was the one out of order in Klopp clash’

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Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton criticized Mohamed Salah for arguing with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the touchline during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham United. Sutton described Salah’s behavior as “out of order.”

In a recent Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United, star striker Mohamed Salah found himself at the center of a heated exchange with his manager, Jurgen Klopp. The incident, which occurred on the touchline as Salah was preparing to come on as a substitute, has sparked a wave of criticism and analysis from football pundits.

According to former Premier League striker Chris Sutton, Salah was “out of order” for the way he argued with Klopp. Sutton, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, felt that the 31-year-old’s actions did not reflect well on him, especially given his recent dip in form.

“He is no different to any of his Liverpool team-mates and the truth is his form hasn’t been good since he has come back from the injury,” Sutton said. “It is nothing against Salah and the brilliant player he has been at Liverpool. He has been phenomenal but I think there is a line and unfortunately for him he crossed it.”

Klopp, who is set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, has been a key figure in Salah’s success since bringing him to Anfield in 2017. However, Sutton believes the manager was well within his rights to leave the Egyptian out of the starting lineup, as he sought to field the team he felt gave Liverpool the best chance of securing a victory.

“You can’t live on the past,” Sutton added. “It is the here and now and Klopp decided to leave him out. That is his prerogative. He is the manager and Salah is no different to the rest of his team-mates.”

The incident on the touchline was further compounded by Salah’s refusal to speak to the media after the match, stating that “there’s going to be a fire today if I speak.”

Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman echoed Sutton’s sentiments, suggesting that Salah’s behavior showed a lack of respect for his teammates and the manager.

“If you act like that you are showing disrespect to your team-mates as well as the manager by basically saying ‘I should definitely be playing before them’,” Osman said.

The fallout from this incident could have significant implications for Salah’s future at Liverpool, with his contract set to expire in 2025 and speculation surrounding a potential move to Saudi Arabia. However, the club’s stance remains unchanged, as Salah was not for sale prior to the West Ham game and that remains the case.

As Liverpool’s new sporting director, Richard Hughes, and the club’s chief executive of football, Michael Edwards, take on their roles, Salah’s future will undoubtedly be a key item on their agenda. The resolution of this situation will be closely watched by Liverpool fans and the wider football community.

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