Mohammed Salah, Liverpool’s star striker, was extremely keen on starting for the club in their game against Crystal Palace recently, however he humbly accepted Jurgen Klopp’s decision to bench him for the tie. This was told by the popular left back Andy Robertson recently.
Salah has so far scored nine goals in the 17 appearances he has made for the Reds in the ongoing campaign of the Premier League. This despite the ankle injury he has been battling. Well-known sportsbooks all over the world including in Las Vegas are backing the Egyptian striker to score the maximum number of goals this time as well and win the Golden Boot once again.
The talented 27 year old player did not touch base with his teammates from Egypt in the recently concluded international break. Because of his condition, Klopp chose Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to start at the Selhurst Park last weekend. Liverpool managed to keep their eight-point gap at the top of the table intact, despite Salah’s absence. They scored a thrilling 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
Talking to the press after the win, Robertson said that he was playing in pain during the entire course of the match, and updated everyone about why Salah was benched and his reaction to it. The star full-back said that his injury is still painful but he’s giving ample time for its recovery. Talking further about his struggles, Robertson added that keeping himself in motion will help him in overcoming the injury. He said he was asked by the gaffer if he was okay to play and he considers himself lucky to have gone through the game without worsening his situation.
“Me and Mo were in the same position. Mo was desperate to play as well and the manager made the decision [to rest Salah] and Mo was fine and accepted it. You don’t want to miss any games but if it means him missing one game rather than six, that is a big difference. Sometimes you need to be a bit clever. I have come through, Mo was not needed although he was stripped when Bobby scored and sat back down. Hopefully that will give him more time to settle and hopefully he will be fine for midweek,” he further added.
The way the game against Crystal Palace went everyone thought that Liverpool would finally drop two points, especially after Sadio Mane’s opening goal was cancelled out by Wilfried Zaha. However, Roberto Firmino brought the Reds back from behind and scored their second goal only three minutes from the final whistle. It ensured that the visitors returned to their home ground keeping their position intact on the leader board.
Talking about the in-form forward Sadio Mane, Robertson said that he’s been amazing for Liverpool throughout and has even better composure in front of the goal now. These days whenever he’s in front of the goal post, you are sure that he will find the back of the net.