With Mo Salah chasing the Premier League Golden Boot this season, taking him off against West Ham seemed to be a strange decision by Klopp.
The Egyptian made way for Diogo Jota in the 79th minute against the Hammers.
Liverpool went on to win 1-0 against David Moyes' side but it was not a comfortable win, to say the least.
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"It is exactly the same as the other players. We like to keep Mo on the pitch as he is desperate to score a goal, he is good on the counter-attacks and he defends to the end," said Klopp.
"But we had an opportunity to bring in fresh legs in Diogo Jota. It's exactly the same substitution for all players. No further reason."
Anfield Watch Verdict
Jurgen Klopp is no stranger to controversial substitutes. Mane's bust-up with the German a few years ago at Turf Moor is a prime example.
The best players in the world, especially forwards, don't like being subbed off when there is a possibility of more goals to be scored.
However, players need breaks and Salah has played a lot of football this season. Even though the Egyptian might have been upset in the moment, after the match there is no doubt that Klopp explained the situation to him and no grudges will be held by either person.