KEY POINTS

  • Mo Salah was substituted in the second half in Liverpool's 1-0 loss Thursday
  • He walked off, shaking his head in disappointment
  • He has scored 24 competitive goals for Liverpool this season

Mohamed Salah’s agent caught everyone’s attention on social media after posting an obscure tweet during Liverpool FC’s defeat to Chelsea Thursday.

After Salah was substituted in the second half at Anfield, his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, posted a confusing response, tweeting a single full stop, which received over 10,000 interactions. On the hour’s mark in the game, Jurgen Klopp removed Salah from the field, resulting in Liverpool’s worst league run at home.

Liverpool now have lost five consecutive home games and it is for the very first time in history they have lost five consecutive games, across competitions, at Anfield. They are also the first Premier League champion to lose five home league games in a row.

When Salah was substituted, Liverpool were already 1-0 down, thanks to Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount’s 42nd-minute strike.

Salah, who has never been happy about being substituted, walked off shaking his head in disappointment. However, in a post-match interview, Klopp clarified that although he did not see Salah’s reaction, he removed the Egyptian King because he was concerned about the player’s fitness.

"I am happy when the boys are disappointed [to come off], that’s not a problem. I could have changed other players as well, that’s true, but the reason for the substitution was he looked in that moment like he felt the intensity really and I didn’t want to risk him, that’s all. That’s the situation. It’s really rare, I have known him now long, and usually, Mo looks really surprisingly fresh until the end. He didn’t look fresh anymore and I thought that’s a sign in our situation, I didn’t want to risk him. That’s it," Klopp was quoted by Liverpool’s official website, as saying, in the interview.

Salah, who is contracted with Liverpool until 2023, is being chased by top European clubs such as Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, while his future in the Merseyside remains unclear. This latest incident at Anfield is not helpful for the Reds, who will not want to lose a player such as Salah. The Egypt national, who moved from Roma to Liverpool at $46 million, has netted 118 goals in 189 competitive matches for Liverpool, including 24 this season.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah reacts during the defeat at Leicester Mo Salah has scored 118 competitive goals for Liverpool so far. Photo: POOL / CARL RECINE

“I think Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs. Who knows what will happen in the future, but right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool again. That’s a tough question [how long I will stay at Liverpool], but right now I can say that everything is in the hands of the club. Of course, I want to break records here. And, I repeat, all the club records, but everything is in the hands of the club,” Salah said in a recent interview.