Jurgen Klopp insisted he “was happy” that Mo Salah showed his anger at being substituted, as Liverpool stumbled to a grim record at Anfield.
Never before have they lost five games in a row on their home ground, but Mason Mount’s brilliant first half winner ensured Jurgen Klopp’s record-breaking Champions set a mark they would rather forget.
And what seemed like a full blown crisis was compounded when Salah seemed to show frustration and dissent when he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after just 62 minutes of the defeat.
But Klopp said: “I am happy when the boys are disappointed at being taken off – that is not a problem.
“The reason for the substitution is, yes I could have subbed other players at that moment it is true, but it looked that in that moment he felt the intensity tonight, and I didn’t want to risk him.
“He didn’t look fresh any more, it is rare, because he always looks fresh in these moments, but he didn’t and I just couldn’t risk him.”
Chelsea were good value for their win, and Klopp admitted that he was “honest” and blunt with his players afterwards.
“I try to be as honest as possible – I told the boys what I saw tonight,” he said.
“These games are always decided by moments, and it is not about tactics in these moments – that’s what I told the boys, it is about being resilient.
“But I don’t doubt their heart.
"It is annoying, we talk about the same things again and again. It is tough, but we have to fight through this.”
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