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Klopp reveals how he motivated Salah against Porto

Liverpool v FC Porto - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
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Jurgen Klopp revealed what he told star forward Mohamed Salah after bringing him on as a substitute, despite the tie practically being over with Liverpool’s 5-0 aggregate lead

Liverpool and FC Porto played out a rather subdued goalless draw at Anfield on Tuesday night with the Reds already having a 5-0 aggregate lead from the first leg. Sadio Mane hit the post in a rather quiet first-half with Danny Ings being denied by Iker Casillas late in the match.

Klopp had rested key players ahead of their big Premier League encounter against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday with Virgil van Dijk and Salah being named on the bench. However, to the surprise of many, Salah was brought on in place of Sane in the 74th minute of the match and Klopp revealed what he had told the Egyptian just before he came.

“It’s normal that people think about injuries but that can happen at any time. ‘I told him that if he runs a lot he doesn’t have to train tomorrow.” said Klopp, according to Metro.

Also featuring was Adam Lallana who played his first full match for the side after his return from injury and started alongside Roberto Firmino and Mane in attack.

“It’s very important for Adam to get 90 minutes,’ he said after Liverpool secured their place in the quarter-finals.” said Klopp.

Liverpool will now turn their attentions to Saturday’s league game against United. Currently only two points separate the sides in what could be a potential key fixture as the Premier League season gradually comes to a close.