Mohamed Salah says there will be ‘fire’ if he speaks about apparent touchline argument with Jürgen Klopp | CNN (2024)

Mohamed Salah says there will be ‘fire’ if he speaks about apparent touchline argument with Jürgen Klopp | CNN (1)

Mohamed Salah (left) appeared to argue with manager Jurgen Klopp during the match against West Ham.


Just weeks ago, it seemed as if Jürgen Klopp was set to end his tenure as Liverpool manager with a flourish. The club was in contention to win the English Premier League, was favorite to win the Europa League and in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup. Adding three trophies to the League Cup already won in February was not such a fanciful prospect.

Yet, Klopp’s reign, which ends this season, will not have the romantic, trophy-laden finale Reds supporters had craved. A series of surprise results – defeats by Crystal Palace and Everton – have all but ruined hopes of a second league title under the German, while the Reds are out of the FA Cup and Europa League after shock defeats to Manchester United and Atalanta respectively.

A 2-2 draw against West Ham on Saturday leaves Liverpool with just a slim chance of winning the title – only an unlikely unravelling by both Manchester City and Arsenal would put them back in contention.

The push for a ‘quadruple’ of trophies has quickly come away at the seams this month and the club’s miserable end to the season epitomized by the apparent touchline argument Klopp had with star striker Mohamed Salah during Saturday’s draw.

As he was about to enter the pitch as a second-half substitute, television coverage showed Salah and Klopp exchanging words on the sidelines.

(Left) Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool, looks on as his team warms up prior to the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Liverpool FC at Craven Cottage on April 21, 2024 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)(Right) Feyenoord coach Arne Slot during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Go Ahead Eagles and Feyenoord Rotterdam in De Adelaarshorst on April 25, 2024 in Deventer, Netherlands. ANP VINCENT JANNINK (Photo by ANP via Getty Images) Getty Images Related article Liverpool and Feyenoord agree on compensation deal for Arne Slot to become new Reds manager, per reports

Klopp had walked over to speak to the forward, which prompted a response from the Egyptian. Salah then continued to speak in Klopp’s direction, raising his arms in apparent frustration, after the German had walked away, before teammate Darwin Núñez, who was also set to be introduced as a substitute, intervened to end the eyebrow-raising exchange.

Speaking after the match, Klopp did not say what the incident was about but told TNT Sports: “We spoke already in the dressing room. For me, that’s done.”

Footage of Salah walking through the ‘mixed zone,’ an area inside a stadium where journalists can speak to players, was widely shared on social media with the striker telling one reporter as he walked by that there would be “fire” if he spoke.

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, working as a pundit for TNT Sports, said of the exchange: “It didn’t look good, I can’t lip read, I don’t think it looks good for the club.

“Mo Salah is a player who has started the majority of games for Liverpool and he will be fuming to be on the bench. Players like that, who expect to start, are never happy.

“But no-one likes to see this between a manager and a key player.”

Liverpool has won just one of its last five league matches and is now third, two points behind leader Arsenal, though the Gunners have played a game fewer. Manchester City, in second, is a point ahead of the Reds with two fewer games played.

Salah has played below his usual standard of late, being part of a Liverpool attack which has squandered ample opportunities in recent games.

He last scored in the league in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford, a game which seemingly started Liverpool’s downturn in fortunes.

Since returning from injury in early March, Salah has scored just two league goals for the club.

”I’m not in the mood to talk about that, to be honest, or to look at that at all,” Klopp said, speaking to TNT Sports, about the title race.

“We had to win here, we knew that, and we didn’t.

“Now we have a little bit more time between now and the next game. We will try to get the boys ready again and we will go again.”

Meanwhile, Liverpool has agreed to a compensation deal with Dutch club Feyenoord for Arne Slot to become its new manager, according to multiple reports.

Mohamed Salah says there will be ‘fire’ if he speaks about apparent touchline argument with Jürgen Klopp | CNN (2024)


What was said between Salah and Klopp? ›

Klopp and Salah were involved in a touchline confrontation during the 2-2 draw at West Ham on Saturday. When Salah was asked after the game to comment on the incident, the Egypt international was heard saying: “There's going to be a fire today if I speak.” Nearly a week later, Klopp said the matter was a “non-story.”

Does Mohamed Salah have 2 wives? ›

Is Salah a winger or striker? ›

Mohamed Salah
Personal information
Date of birth15 June 1992
Place of birthNagrig, Basyoun, Egypt
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s)Right winger, forward
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How many goals does Salah have? ›

Mohamed Salah has scored 156 Premier League goals in 260 appearances throughout his career, which places him joint-10th in the all-time list.

Is Salah a Liverpool legend? ›

Mohamed Salah is a true Liverpool legend - only Ian Rush stands above him in terms of the great Anfield goalscorers | UK.

Who did Liverpool get Salah from? ›

Mohamed Salah
Personal information
2015–2016→ Roma (loan)34
National team
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Who is the girlfriend of Salah? ›

As the saying goes, behind every great man stands a great woman – and superstar footballer Mo Salah's wife, Magi Sadeq, is certainly no exception. The 29-year-old Egyptian forward — who currently plays for Liverpool F.C. — wed his sweetheart back in 2013.

Who did Mo Salah marry? ›

Magi Salah is married to Egyptian footballer and Liverpool ace, Mo Salah. As mentioned above, the couple tied the knot in 2013.

Does Salah have a twin brother? ›

Is Salah a football legend? ›

Just like Klopp, Salah's legacy is already secure. Whenever he leaves Anfield, he will do so as a Kop icon and a Premier League legend.

Who is Liverpool's striker? ›

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Luis Díaz40 (9)13
Darwin Núñez33 (19)18
Kaide Gordon1 (2)0
Bobby Clark3 (9)1
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How many trophies has Salah won? ›

The Egyptian has been an unstoppable scorer following his transfer from AS Roma and has collected medals in the Premier League, Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Carabao Cup and FA Community Shield.

Who scored 200 goals for Liverpool? ›

In all competitions, Salah has scored 207 goals for Liverpool in 337 games.

Who is the top scorer for Liverpool? ›

Ian Rush is the club's record goalscorer, scoring 346 goals in total.

What is Salah highest goal in a season? ›

Salah scored against Arsenal, Chelsea and from distance in Liverpool's 4-3 thriller against Manchester City in January. He scored three goals against Tottenham but most importantly he scored against Brighton on the final day, because that took him to that landmark figure of 32 goals in a 38-game season.

Did Klopp win everything with Liverpool? ›

Klopp is the only Liverpool manager to have won all the major trophies with the club. Notably, he has the best win ratio of any manager in the club's history, with a 60.7% win rate in a total of 466 games played.

Does Mo Salah play for Liverpool? ›

Mohamed Salah is one of the world's best and most prolific forwards and a serial winner with Liverpool FC since arriving at Anfield in the summer of 2017.


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