Salah walked off angrily while furiously ripping off his wrist tape on his way to the dugout, and he looked equally as frustrated on the bench, after failing to score on the opening day of a Premier League season for the first time as a Liverpool player. When asked about the incident, Klopp indicated that Liverpool needed fresh legs in the latter stages of the game as they pressed for a winner at Stamford Bridge.
He said (quotes via Mirror Football): "I can understand because if Mo scored it would have been a new record for goals scored in the opening game but I didn’t think about that. We needed stability and we needed fresh legs. It was super intense for everybody.
"That’s all I can say about it, his reaction was absolutely okay. When I sub a player and he is jumping into my arms at 1-1 and he is a striker who thinks he will score, I would be really surprised so that’s absolutely fine."
While Klopp was rather diplomatic with his response to Salah's tantrum, Roy Keane launched a scathing attack on the 31-year-old. Speaking after Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Chelsea, the former Manchester United captain told Salah to 'sit down and shut up' - in typical Roy Keane style.
He said (quotes via Mirror Football): “I think it’s fine if a player comes off like that but don’t keep doing it on the bench. You see him off the pitch with his arms in the air - just sit down and shut up. You have to take it. You can be upset, fine, but don’t drag it out. I’ve seen a lot more players that are better than Salah get taken off and they’ve been fine."
Klopp diffused the situation perfectly with his comments, indicating that no player is bigger than the team. Salah is undoubtedly Liverpool's biggest matchwinner and sets very standards for himself, so his reaction - while not justified - is understandable to a certain degree.
Nevertheless, Liverpool will need the Egyptian winger to be at his destructive best as they look to get their first win of the Premier League season when they take on Bournemouth at Anfield next weekend.