Klopp denies James Milner “emotional” when he was pulled off mid-match
Liverpool captain and midfielder, James Milner is claimed to have felt disappointed and emotional when he was pulled out in the middle of the match against West Ham United yesterday. However, this news was firmly denied by manager Jurgen Klopp.
As is known, Liverpool continued their struggle in the Premier League against West Ham United in the 21st week, Sunday (31/01) yesterday.
In the duel at the London Stadium, James Milner was indeed played from the first minute. However, he could not play until the match was over because coach Jurgen Klopp was pulled out at the start of the first half, his position was later replaced by Curtis Jones.
Looking at the recording of the match, it seems that James Milner was talking seriously with Jurgen Klopp after being pulled out. It is claimed that the midfielder asked about the reason why he was pulled out of the match.
British media claims that James Milner was disappointed with Klopp’s decision, but this is certainly not true by the German manager.
“He was not disappointed,” said Klopp as reported by Goal.
Furthermore, Klopp revealed the reasons behind his decision to leave Werner, where he was worried that the midfielder would be injured because he previously complained of pain in his leg.
“Milly’s hamstring stiffened a little bit, so we told him ‘control, more passes than runs’, things like this. But obviously we’re going to pull it out, we’re just waiting for Curtis to really finish warming up. ”
“Then I saw Milly’s last really long sprint and I think we missed that moment! I’m really worried, “he stressed.
Klopp admitted that Milner had questioned his decision, but once Mohamed Salah scored, the midfielder rushed over to praise him.
“He came out and said ‘You told me I had to play in and run less, and now you are pulling me out!’ But then he came back and said ‘yes, good points, good decision!’ Everything is fine, “continued Klopp.
With this victory, Liverpool automatically crawled up to 3rd in the Premier League standings, or only one point adrift of Manchester United who are in 2nd place.