Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp’s decision in the match against Atletico Madrid earlier this morning was questioned. One of them when the German coach pulled out Sadio Mane winger, who should be able to break through the opponent’s defense gap. But the manager has his reasons.
As is known, Liverpool were forced to give up 0-1 from Atletico Madrid in the first leg match of the last 16 of the 2019/20 Champions League on Wednesday (19/02) early morning hrs. The only goal was created in the 4th minute by Saul Niguez.
Not only were the final results highlighted, coach Jurgen Klopp’s decision was also a concern. Including the decision not to play the leading edge of the flagship until the last minute, namely Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
The Senegalese Winger only played in the first half, then was replaced by Divock Origi. While Mohamed Salah pulled out at 72 minutes, and was replaced by Alex-Oxlaide Chamberlain. In fact, at that time Liverpool still needed quality banging from both players.
But of course it is not without reason for the decision taken by Klopp, after the fight he then gave an explanation. For Sane, Klopp replaced him for fear that the Senegalese player would be provoked by his emotions. Given, Mane has received a yellow card in the 40th minute.
While Mohamed Salah pulled out was nothing but a matter of changing tactics.
“This decision is certainly part of the game. It’s very clear, the reason I issued Sadio is because he already has a yellow card. So, I’m afraid the opponent will put pressure and it can make the situation worse,”
“Whereas my decision to withdraw Mo was merely a tactical change. Because, we want to make a little change and that’s what we do, “Klopp was quoted as saying by the official Liverpool website.
Liverpool are not able to break through the gap so tight defense from host Atletico Madrid. In fact, they could not kick off on target throughout the match.
This defeat makes Liverpool must win with a minimum difference of two goals in the second leg, if you want to advance to the last eight. The second leg will be held on March 12 at Anfield Stadium.