Why Mo Salah and Jurgen Klopp clashed as fresh footage of Liverpool touchline bust-up surfaces

A touchline argument broke out between Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp on Saturday
A touchline argument broke out between Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp on Saturday -Credit:No credit

A heated exchange between Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah has been captured in fan footage that has rapidly spread across social media.

Following a lacklustre performance in the Merseyside derby, Salah was benched by Klopp for the crucial match at London Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The tension between the pair was palpable as they were spotted arguing on the touchline shortly after West Ham equalised to make it 2-2.

Newly surfaced footage of the incident reveals that Salah and Klopp briefly touched hands before the disagreement. The Egyptian star, who was eventually calmed down by Darwin Nunez at pitchside, stormed off straight down the tunnel at the final whistle. He warned there would be "fire" if he discussed the spat while passing through the mixed zone post-match. Klopp sought to downplay the incident during his own interview. When asked to reveal what was said, he responded: "No. We spoke already in the dressing room, for me that's done.", reports the Mirror.

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, providing analysis for TNT Sports, admitted the clash didn't look good. He commented: "It didn't look good. I can't say exactly what they're saying, it didn't look good, I don't think it looks good for the club."

"Listen Mo Salah is a player who starts the majority of games for Liverpool, he'll be fuming. He'll be fuming to be on the bench. Players like that who are expected to start are never happy, but no-one likes to see this, between a manager and a real key player."

Commentator Ally McCoist added: "Not good at all. Particularly when you see Mo Salah coming back for another bite and one of his team-mates has to intervene. It does not look good, that kind of stuff should be behind closed doors."

When McCoist was then asked if he thought Salah would also leave Anfield in the summer, he added: "Yeah I do actually. I think he has been one of the best players we have seen in this league, he's been nothing short of fantastic for Liverpool Football Club, but his form has dipped - I don't think anyone can argue that."

"And it looks to me, and it is guesswork, but it looks to me like he could be moving. It could be one of these situations that suits both parties. It might suit Mo Salah to move on and it might suit Liverpool to reinvest the money they'll get for him."