Liverpool drew 1-1 to Wigan at DW Stadium in their second friendly matches during the preseason, Mohamed Salah made his debut and scored the Reds’ goal, and after the match, Jurgen Klopp was in the mood for some… teasing.
He had absolutely no idea how we defend usually, so he was not really involved in this and was like ‘oh my god’
the Liverpool manager told reporters, commenting on how… out of place the former Roma player looked when the Reds were defending.
He was two days with us, then had to go to Paris to get the papers, then he came back and we thought ‘let’s play’
the German ‘excused’ his player, totally understanding of the fact that he had no time to start ‘learning’ how he should behave defensively in this Liverpool side.
You could tell he is used to a completely different way of defending. Of course, first situation, nice sprint and then the goal
Klopp added, pointing out that even on his debut the Egypt international showed glimpses of the player that Liverpool hope/expect to see the coming season.
As for Naby Keita and Liverpool’s offer to RB Leipzig for his transfer, all the German manager said was
If whatever I say here would change anything in a positive way then I would say it. But I have no influence. I don’t know, speak to the wall. It’s not important what I say, it’s only important what we do.