Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Klopp no sympathy for booked Salah

Klopp no sympathy for booked Salah

"We had the will to win, to keep the hope alive that we can get a place in the Champions League", Conte added.

With both teams playing desperately for a win, the match was always bound to be an exciting one with all eyes on Liverpool's blue-eyed boy, Mohamed Salah, who only needed one goal to break the Premier League record for the most goals scored in a single season - one that is now jointly held by himself, Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez. Playing in that low defensive block, the Blues maintained a compact shape and closed down every Liverpool player that entered its final third.

With only one win in their last five league games, Liverpool have made their top four status an unnecessarily tense affair.

"We are winning and our opponents are dropping points", said Conte.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp handed fullback Nathaniel Clyne a rare start, with Trent Alexander-Arnold moving into midfield, while there was no Alvaro Morata for Chelsea.

Salah was shown a yellow card late in the first-half after he went to ground following a challenge by Gary Cahill.

His central defensive partner Virgil van Dijk was in similarly bullish mood.

Liverpool simply could not get going in attack, with Salah crowded out whenever he got the ball and Mane drifted from prominence. Against the twin layers of Chelsea players, it was a tough ask. "It is hard to play in every game with the same intensity", he said.

"It was clear we had to avoid these situations and I feels like we only had to avoid it once more in the game and then we would have the draw, which would feel completely different". Out of his 71 touches, only four were inside the box.

The German said that he expected better from Salah in the coming weeks as Liverpool prepare for the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 26.

Liverpool FC haven't won the Champions League since 2005 when the Reds beat Italian giants AC Milan on penalties in Istanbul. The fact that United and Chelsea have scored 12 and 19 goals fewer than the Reds makes this statistic a bit alarming.

Klopp's men are lethal when it comes to picking up sides that leave space for their forwards to run behind their defence.

"Normally he can deal with the very physical teams, but today he didn't do so well". "In my mind he will be in contention for the game against Huddersfield. But I'm confident we can do it". We will probably sign a couple more players in summer because we need more depth in the squad.

Liverpool are a team with great talent and potential.

"I think we need to put into our minds that it is going to be hard until the end, until the last game, until the last minute against Leicester because we are in the Premier League and we are fighting against Liverpool, against Chelsea for the top four and they are both top clubs".

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