‘Sit down and shut up’ – Keane hits out at one Liverpool star after Chelsea draw

‘Sit down and shut up’ – Keane hits out at one Liverpool star after Chelsea draw

Roy Keane has criticised Liverpool forward Mo Salah for “shaking his head” after being substituted against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Egypt international threaded a wonderful ball through to Luis Diaz for the opening goal of the match in their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, while Salah also had a goal of his own ruled out for offside.

But the forward’s reaction to being substituted for Harvey Elliott on 77 minutes has drawn criticism from Keane, who thinks Salah should learn how to “take it”.


“It’s okay to be upset, but don’t keep it up for too long,” Keane told Sky Sports.

“He was shaking his head on the bench and his arms were up in the air.

“Sit down and shut up. Listen, you have to take it. We’ve seen better players than Salah get taken off and it’s part of the game.”

‘Sit down and shut up’ – Keane hits out at one Liverpool star after Chelsea draw
‘Sit down and shut up’ – Keane hits out at one Liverpool star after Chelsea draw

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thought Salah’s reaction to being substituted “was absolutely okay” and he stands by his decision as the Reds “needed fresh legs”.

“I can understand because if Mo scored it would have been a new record for goals scored in the opening game but I didn’t think about that. We needed stability and we needed fresh legs,” Klopp said.

“It was super intense for everybody. That’s all I can say about it, his reaction was absolutely okay.

“When I sub a player and he is jumping in to my arms at 1-1 and he is a striker who thinks he will score, I would be really surprised so that’s absolutely fine.”


On the Chelsea result, Klopp added: “I’m OK with a point. I saw the game, so I know who could’ve won… we could’ve lost as well, that’s how it is. I think they had the last chance of the game, right? That would’ve been a great moment to finish it off. But we had a really good start into the game, [I] liked that a lot.

“Everything was there what we were working on. [We] scored two wonderful goals, one disallowed for offside, was really close. The build-up to that goal anyway was absolutely top-class.

“But then we opened the door for Chelsea. We lost the ball in one or two situations which was unnecessary and I think the second goal was around a set-piece. I’m not 100 per cent sure.


“The other goal when we won the ball, but we didn’t clear it enough, but it was offside as well. But obviously Chelsea was better in the game. It was an open game then and second half with the crowd and all these things, we had to dig really deep and fight hard. In the end we got a point and that’s OK.

“I saw a lot of things I liked and, of course, some things I didn’t like particularly, but it’s a first game in a tough place. I tend to see it rather positive, to be honest. So far in my career the first matchdays were always difficult and an away game at Chelsea as a first matchday is not a top draw. So we have a point and we keep working.”

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