UEFA CL: Klopp explains why he took Salah and Mané off
UEFA CL: Klopp explains why he took Salah and Mané off
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UEFA CL: Klopp explains why he took Salah and Mané off

Liverpool suffered a 1-0 defeat in the hands of Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie last night, and manager Jurgen Klopp made some questionable changes during the game.

Atleti got the lead inside the first five minutes of the match through Saul Niguez and in as much as the Reds had much of the ball throughout the match, they could not get an equalizer.

While chasing the match, Klopp took off Sadio Mane after the first half and Mo Salah in the 72nd minute, something which left many puzzled.

The manager explained in his fulltime press conference though, saying: "It is obviously part of football. I don't like that.

"Obviously, the plan tonight was get Sadio out of the game with a yellow card. I was afraid his opponent would go down now even if Sadio takes a deep breath or whatever and I didn't want to have that situation, so that's why we took him off.

"Mo was just a tactical change, that's all. We wanted to change a little bit and that's what we did."

The Reds will have a chance to overturn this result next month when Atleti visits Anfield, a venue where Liverpool has lost no match in over 1000 days.

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