Former Premier League Striker Criticizes Mohamed Salah’s Touchline Dispute with Jurgen Klopp

Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton has criticized Mohamed Salah for his touchline argument with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against West Ham United, describing Salah’s behavior as “out of order.”

Salah, who had been dropped from the starting lineup for the game, clashed with Klopp as he prepared to come on as a substitute in the 79th minute. The incident has sparked controversy, with Sutton expressing his disapproval of Salah’s conduct during BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club.

“I didn’t like it but I think Mo Salah is the one who was out of order,” Sutton remarked, highlighting Salah’s recent dip in form since returning from injury. Despite being the Reds’ top scorer this season with 24 goals, Salah has struggled to replicate his previous performances in recent games.

Sutton emphasized that while Salah has been a phenomenal player for Liverpool, there is a line that should not be crossed, and Salah unfortunately crossed it with his actions on the touchline.

Klopp’s decision to leave Salah out of the starting lineup was within his managerial prerogative, Sutton argued, emphasizing that Salah is no different from his teammates and must adhere to the decisions made by the manager.

Following the incident, Salah declined interview requests, hinting at potential frustration with the situation. Speculation about his future at Liverpool has arisen, including rumors of a possible move to Saudi Arabia, but Liverpool’s stance remains unchanged – Salah is not for sale.

The incident has brought into focus the dynamics within the Liverpool squad and the relationship between Salah and Klopp, with Salah’s behavior drawing criticism from former Everton midfielder Leon Osman as well.

Osman echoed Sutton’s sentiments, stating that Salah’s actions showed disrespect to his teammates and the manager, undermining the collective goal of the team to win football matches.

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