Klopp jokes about Salah and Liverpool’s penalty situation

Date published: Monday 30th October 2017 10:20

Jurgen Klopp has said that Mohamed Salah will likely be demoted from his brief stint as Liverpool’s first-choice penalty taker.

Salah missed from the spot in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday, with the scores still level.

The summer signing was made chief penalty taker after scoring a stoppage-time penalty-winner for Egypt during the last international break, sending the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990.

“That pressure was unbelievable,” Klopp said at the time. “He did really well, and after 27 years it’s fantastic news for Egypt.

“I nearly had a heart attack, I thought I had to go down there and take the situation. But he did it and I would say in this moment he is our No.1 penalty taker.”

But the German will now rethink penalty plans after Salah missed from the spot, with Daniel Sturridge and James Milner, both with fairly positive records from 12 yards, overlooked.

“I thought it made sense after the Egypt penalty – obviously the pressure is bigger in Liverpool than in Egypt to qualify for the World Cup!” he said.

Asked whether Salah was still the club’s first-choice penalty taker, Klopp replied: “I’m not sure that he is anymore.

“I think Daniel would have been a safe number in this group of players.”

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