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Mo Salah praised for ‘honest’ comment immediately after Jurgen Klopp spat

MIRROR 

Mohamed Salah was protecting the Liverpool team morale when he refused to explain why he rowed with Jurgen Klopp at West Ham, according to Glen Johnson.

Salah was seen furiously arguing with his manager while waiting to come on during Liverpool’s damaging 2-2 draw at the London Stadium on Saturday. Darwin Nunez was forced to step in and move Salah away from Klopp, who was clearly unhappy with what the Egyptian was saying.

Salah’s actions appeared to be born out of frustration, having been benched for the second time in a week amid a slump in form. But walking through the mixed zone after the game, he declined the opportunity to stop and speak to reporters, simply stating: “If I speak, there will be fire.”

Some have interpreted those words as inflammatory and suggested it shows a division between Liverpool’s outgoing manager and star player, but former Reds defender Johnson sees it a different way.

“I appreciate his honesty because, the thing is, the only person that loses is him,” he told Squawka. “If he speaks his mind and tells you what’s really on his brain, then everyone’s going to criticise him for it and he can’t win.

“So that’s why players shouldn’t do interviews when they’re fiery, or angry, or have just come off the pitch, or were sent off, because they’re going to speak from the heart. And some people aren’t designed to take that.

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