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Speculation swirling over Mohamaed Salah's future at Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists there is no reason to speak to Mohamed Salah about his reaction to being substituted (Paul Ellis/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists there is no reason to speak to Mohamed Salah about his reaction to being substituted (Paul Ellis/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists there is no reason to speak to Mohamed Salah about his reaction to being substituted (Paul Ellis/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he has no regrets about his decision to substitute Mohamed Salah in Thursday night's 1-0 defeat against Chelsea, in a move that inspired a cryptic tweet from the Egyptian's agent.

Salah looked to be Liverpool's most lively forward player in the first hour of the game against Chelsea at Anfield, yet Klopp made the decision to leave Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on as he threw Diogo Jota into that game.

That inspired an instant reaction from Salah's agent Ramy Abbas Issa, who posted a simple full-stop on Twitter in a message viewed by many as evidence that his player may be reaching the end of his time at Anfield.

Yet Klopp insisted he had no regrets over his decision, as he offered up reflections on Friday at the club's training ground.

"I'm not even sure if this situation is now a reason for a 'proper talk' about it," he said.

"We are 1-0 down, that makes no player happy. You go off and you react in different ways because you are not happy.

"You get subbed, you are a striker and you think you should stay on the pitch. That's all completely clear and not an issue, it is just normal life.

"In the situation when you make a decision like that he looked, for me, like he felt the intensity. He probably saw it completely differently and that is completely fine.

"It's not the most important thing in the world, maybe 30 minutes without Mo Salah is why he can play again on Sunday.

"We make these decisions in the moment and not with any thoughts in behind, the problem only is you only have to explain it after the game and the day after the game."

Klopp went on to touch on the rumours suggesting Salah is unhappy at Liverpool as he added: "These kind of stories (rumours of unhappiness) so far didn't happen. I cannot guarantee for the future and for all times it will never happen but these kind of discussions we never had.

"It is completely normal: I make a decision, the boys accept it, no-one feels that he has nothing to do with the situation and he is not responsible for it.

"I cannot not change a player just because it creates a story. You do it because you think in the moment it's right."

Salah has scored 17 Premier League goals this season and needs only one more to register 25 for the season in all competitions for the third time in four seasons at Anfield.

Yet there have been rumours that he may be unsettled given the comments he offered up in an interview with a Spanish publication last December, suggesting his Liverpool future was less than certain.

His friend and international team-mate Mohamed Aboutrika then claimed Salah was uncertain over his Liverpool future, amid suggestions that he was unhappy not to be given the chance to captain the team in the absence of several leaders in the team due to injury.

Salah's apparent lack of enthusiasm for celebrating goals is another factor adding to the suspicion he may be unhappy at Liverpool, with this story likely to develop in the coming weeks as the Anfield club look to raise funds ahead of a squad shake-up this summer.

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