PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mohamed Salah may have lost his job as Liverpool penalty taker

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT:  Mohamed Salah may have lost his job as Liverpool penalty taker
Mohamed Salah

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Oct 30, 2017. 10:00

Egyptian international Mohamed Salah’s stint as Liverpool FC's first-choice penalty taker could last just one game.

This is after Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke of the different pressures of playing for the English Premier League (EPL) giants after Salah missed a spot-kick against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Salah converted a stoppage-time penalty to give his nationa, Egypt a dramatic 2-1 win over Congo-Brazzaville and a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup three weeks ago.

However, the 25-year-old winger was denied by Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from the spot-kick in the first-half at Anfield Stadium, but Liverpool went on to win 3-0 in a EPL clash.

“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!” Klopp joked on Liverpool Echo.

James Milner and Roberto Firmino, who were on the pitch against Huddersfield, had been Liverpool first-choice penalty takers, before Saturday's clash, but German tactician indicated that Daniel Sturridge could have been an option to step up.

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.”

Due to Salah’s first half miss, Liverpool players left the pitch to a small smattering of boos at half-time, but Klopp played down any criticism from the stands.

“I would not make a big deal out of it (the booing). I have heard bigger atmospheres in my life when you know ‘something is wrong here’," he continued.

It was not nice to watch (the first half). It was just work. When you go to watch football you do not only want to see work – that’s how it is.”

Liverpool scored three times in ths second-half with Salah, who has scored five league goals this season, grabbing an assist.




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