Liverpool were left frustrated on Saturday night, when Chelsea denied them three points courtesy of an 85th-minute equalizer by Eden Hazard.
Even though the home side had managed to go in front through Salah’s 65th-minute goal, the Blues kept the pressure on at both ends, and were nearly impossible to penetrate in the dying minutes of the match.
Klopp’s solution to the equalizer was an absurd one, as he utilized his last two substitutions to bring on Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana.
This decision has been held to severe criticism by Liverpool fans who thought that first and foremost, Mane should have started the fixture, and when the 25-year-old did manage to earn his minutes, it was far too late.
After the full-time whistle was blown, it certainly seemed that the player himself shared this view.
Mane looks furious speaking to Klopp there. pic.twitter.com/wC8UQkqmeQ
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) November 25, 2017
As shown in the video, the Senegalese star is clearly annoyed by his manager’s choice of tactics, and the lengthy moment that the two shared was mentioned heavily on Twitter.
Klopp’s tactics have been brought into question several times this campaign, but this was an outright no-brainer. Bringing on the attacking winger in the 60th minute, or even after Salah found the net would have been a wiser choice, as his abilities could have aided in securing the vital second goal.
Instead, the few minutes he contributed weren’t enough, and his reaction certainly says as much.
Klopp, however, had a different aspect to address after the match: “We wanted to change the system before the equalizer and the referee didn’t allow us. We wanted to go to five at the back, to change the situation and it’s not too cool to have conceded.”
He even sneaked in a remark about Conte’s defensive tactics, adding: “It’s a little bit more difficult when Chelsea played with eight defenders more or less.”
That cannot redeem him for what the end result stands and how he was too late in making a change. The draw has arguably knocked the Merseyside outfit off the title race, as Manchester City are now 11 points ahead with a match in hand.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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