Salah honest over ‘disappointment’ at late U-turn by Liverpool boss Klopp

Mohamed Salah has admitted he was hurt by the decision not to make him captain in Liverpool’s final Champions League group game.

The Reds played away to FC Midtjylland back on December 9, having already secured their place in the knockout stages.

Jurgen Klopp made many changes for the game to rest some of his star men, including regular skipper Jordan Henderson, but opted to start Salah in attack.

Diogo Jota, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold were the only other first-team regulars to be named in the XI too.

And it was ultimately the latter which Klopp chose to take the armband in the end.

England right-back Alexander-Arnold, 22, got the nod ahead of Egyptian superstar Salah, 28, and he has not admitted the call left him upset.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper AS, it was revealed how Salah was going to be captain for the 1-1 draw but the decision was reverted by Klopp.

Asked how he took it, Salah replied: “Honestly, I was very disappointed.

“I was hoping to be the captain, but it's a coach's decision. I accept it.”

Salah went out with a point to prove in the game in Denmark and sent a message to his manager by opening the scoring inside one minute.

The Reds failed to build on that fast start, however, and a second-half penalty for the hosts saw the game finish level.

Liverpool, meanwhile, travel to Selhurst Park on Saturday lunchtime as they face Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The reigning champions can extend their lead at the top to six points with a victory in south London.

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