Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained his decision to withdraw Mohamed Salah in the loss to Chelsea on Thursday night.
The Egyptian seemed disappointed as he left the pitch in the 65th minute, shaking his head as he trudged off, and threw his shinpads down as he took his seat in the stands.
The Reds were struggling to break down a well-organized Chelsea defense, and Klopp's decision was questioned from different quarters.
Klopp, who spoke after the game, said Salah 'felt the intensity' of the game, and it was only normal for Salah to react the way he did.
“Just bringing in fresh legs,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s not very often, but Mo looked today like he suffered a little bit. He’s played a lot of games.
“I could have taken off Sadio or Bobby, that’s all clear, but in this moment it looked like Mo suffered the most.”
In his post-match press conference, Klopp added: “He looked disappointed, that is not a problem.
“I could have changed others, but he looked like he felt the intensity and I didn’t want to risk it. I’ve known him a long time and he usually looks fresh. It was a sign not to risk him.”
Liverpool eventually lost to the Blues, their fifth consecutive home loss, which saw their top-four ambitions badly hit.