Jurgen Klopp says he’s not sure Egyptian will continue after Anfield miss.
Mohamed Salah’s stint as penalty taker could last just one game after Jurgen Klopp spoke of the different pressures of playing for Liverpool after the Egyptian missed a spot-kick against Huddersfield at Anfield.
Ultimately Salah’s first half miss from the spot – Jonas Lossl easily saving an effort that was much too central – did not prove too costly after second half goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum secured a much-needed three points.
Salah became Liverpool’s third penalty taker of the last six months, winning the role after standing up to huge pressure to fire Egypt to World Cup qualification three weeks ago after 95 minutes of their match against Congo.
That convinced Klopp he had the mentality for the job, after Roberto Firmino missed against Sevilla and with last year’s go-to man James Milner often missing out on the starting line-up.
Both Milner and Firmino were on the pitch yesterday – the Brazilian indeed winning the spot-kick after Tommy Smith grabbed his shirt – but it was still Salah who was handed the responsibility to put Liverpool in front.
Klopp was able to joke about the situation given the final result but a change could still be in the offing with the Reds manager even suggesting Daniel Sturridge could have been an option to step up.
“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 joked.
Asked if Salah is now the penalty taker, Klopp added: “I’m not sure that he is anymore… I think Daniel would have been a safe number in this group of players.”