Coach Juergen Klopp insisted that he handed the captain’s armband to Trent Alexander-Arnold instead of Mohamed Salah based on the British defender’s seniority at Liverpool.
Coach Juergen Klopp said at the press conference before the match against West Brom: “The rule at Liverpool is we have a group of players. Henderson wears the captain’s armband. If he doesn’t play, James Milner will do it. both are not playing, the captain will be Virgil van Dijk. When all three are absent, that person and Georginio Wijnaldum “.
“That’s how I see the problem. Trent Alexander-Arnold was given the captain’s armband because he was there. The longest club, professionally, not to mention the youth football career at the academy, “he added.
In an interview with AS published on December 19 (Hanoi time), Salah expressed dissatisfaction when coach Klopp handed the captain’s armband to Alexander-Arnold in the match against Mydtjylland in the Champions League. A few days later, Mohamed Aboutrika, Salah’s former teammate in Egypt, reaffirmed this and revealed Liverpool wanted to sell the former AS Roma striker to balance his finances.
The German strategist said: “Some people told me that the captain should be Divock Origi, but he was loaned and also for some other reason. It’s my fault. I don’t want to do everything. It just got complicated. Because Alexander-Arnold was the oldest at the club then, he was given the captain’s armband. “
“If I make a mistake, I think the mistake is not giving the captain’s armband to Origi, “said coach Klopp.
Salah was on the bench in the last Liverpool match. However, after entering the field in the 57th minute, he scored a brace and an assist, helping the Anfield team to win 7-0 over Crystal Palace to secure their first place in the Premier League. Coach Klopp and his students will face West Brom and Newcastle on December 27 and December 31, before the end of 2020.