Liverpool fans were worried about potentially losing leading goalscorer Mohamed Salah after his reaction to being subbed off in the recent league game at home to Chelsea. Salah lasted just 62 minutes against his former club and he showed his frustration at the decision from the Liverpool boss, JurgenKlopp. The Liverpool manager made a double substitution in a bid to try to affect the game with Liverpool losing 1-0 at home. Klopp subbed on the returning Diogo Jota and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Salah and Curtis Jones. Jota was just coming back from a lengthy injury but he couldn't do much as Liverpool were beaten by Chelsea courtesy the strike from England player Mason Mount. Liverpool fans have compared the situation involving Salah with that of Fernando Torres against Birmingham City in April 2010. Fernando Torres was subbed off for Frenchman David N'gog with 20 minutes left to go with the Reds in need of a win in the race for the Champions League places. Fernando Torres was not happy with the substitution made by then manager Rafael Benitez with the scoreline at 1-1. His replacement, N'gog failed to take the chances that came his way in the final 20 minutes of the game as the Reds dropped points via a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City thus leaving them four points adrift of Manchester City in fourth place. In the end, Liverpool finished seventh and seven points offthe last Champions League place at the end of that season.
For Salah, his agent RamyAbassIssa made things worse for the Liverpool fans with his cryptic tweet while the Chelsea game was ongoing. Liverpool manager Klopp was not too bothered about the reaction from Salah as he said it was expected from him. Salah has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona in recent weeks amidst the rumours that Liverpool could lose his services. He has 17 goals in 28 league matches this season for Liverpool.