Alan Shearer sides with Mohamed Salah after clash with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Alan Shearer remarked on the apparent disagreement between Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United, acknowledging Salah’s potential frustration. The star forward and his manager clashed just before Salah was substituted onto the field, moments before Michael Antonio scored the equalizing goal for West Ham.

Klopp downplayed the incident post-match, stating that they had already addressed it in the dressing room, implying it was resolved. However, Salah’s cryptic remark to journalists passing through the mixed zone, “There is going to be fire today if I speak,” suggested ongoing tension.

With 210 goals in 346 Liverpool appearances, Salah is a prolific scorer and the club’s leading goal-scorer this season with 24 goals across all competitions. Nonetheless, his recent form, along with that of teammate Darwin Nunez, prompted Klopp to bench them for the West Ham game.

During the Match of the Day analysis, former Premier League top-scorer Alan Shearer empathized with Salah, suggesting that Klopp’s words might have provoked his reaction. Shearer highlighted Salah’s immense contributions to Liverpool and implied understanding for his frustration.

Another former Reds striker, Peter Crouch, also weighed in, expressing concern over the incident’s implications for the club’s image. Crouch emphasized Salah’s typical starting role and speculated on his disappointment at being benched, while expressing discomfort at the public display of discord between a manager and a key player.

The situation is further complicated by Klopp’s impending departure at the season’s end, with Feyenoord’s Arne Slot rumored to succeed him. Additionally, Salah’s contract situation adds uncertainty to his future, as he only has one year remaining on his current deal.