Liverpool fans and football pundits were bemused to watch Salah being hauled off with 23 minutes left to play, but Klopp has now admitted it was not a tactical switch.
The Reds face West Brom on Wednesday night with their hectic festive schedule now officially underway and will be desperate to play their top scorer as much as possible.
But, Klopp admitted his star man was on the brink of picking up an injury.
‘I took Mo Salah off because he had a hamstring a little bit,’ Klopp revealed.
Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures
West Brom (H) – Wed 13 Dec
AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat Dec 17
Arsenal (A) – Fri Dec 22
Swansea City (H) – Tues Dec 26
Leicester City (H) – Sat Dec 30
Burnley (A) – Mon Jan 1
Man City – Sun Jan 14
‘Then everyone said ‘how can you take him off?’ and stuff like this. I don’t go out and say ‘yeah, but he is close to being injured.
‘He is not at the moment, thank God. Hopefully we took him off early enough.’
Klopp did not say whether Salah would play against West Brom, but it seems the winger will now be given a rest.
While the Liverpool boss has continually rotated this season, handing rests to Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmno, Salah has started 14 of the Reds’ 16 Premier League games and all their Champions League matches.
Salah has become Liverpool’s most influential player since joining in the summer and has already scored 19 goals from just 24 appearances, despite the fact he is a winger.
Klopp looks set to hand him a breather, however, and continue a trend that has seen him make 59 changes to his starting elevens already this season.
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