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Michail Antonio opens up about touchline incident between Mohamed Salah & Jurgen Klopp

Published at :May 1, 2024 at 11:00 PM
Modified at :May 1, 2024 at 11:00 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Michail Antonio plays for West Ham

During Saturday’s 2-2 draw against the Hammers, Darwin Nunez of the Reds intervened to break up an argument between Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah, as the Egyptian was about to be substituted off the bench.

Everything that was said during the notorious touchline altercation between Jurgen Klopp and Mo Salah was clarified by Michail Antonio:

“As the (Liverpool) players come on, Klopp always gives them a big hug and says ‘good luck’, but when Mo came on he walked in a different direction and was doing his shinpads and stuff like that. Klopp put his hand out to him and his hand was there for a bit and as Mo stopped doing what he was doing, he just slapped his (Klopp’s) hand as a high five.

After extending his hand to him and holding it there for a while, Mo simply stopped what he was doing and gave Klopp a high five.

“Basically – this is not inside information, nobody has told me anything – but what I have heard is what the boys have been talking about on the training ground (at West Ham),” said the forward.

“Obviously Klopp didn’t like that and he was like, ‘do you want to sit back down?’, basically saying, ‘do you want to go on?’. And nobody has told me what Mo said back.”

Speaking on the Footballer’s Football Podcast, Michail Antonio believes the incident has been blown out of proportion.

“It’s one of those things because they (Liverpool) are not performing it’s going to be amplified,” he said. “Knowing who they are and how well they’ve done this season and basically the title could be drifting away from them, tensions are going to be high, there is going to be a lot of frustration and I feel like they are only human so these things are bound to happen.”

Additionally, Antonio has tweeted what he believes to be Klopp’s message to Salah during the altercation. The West Ham player’s equaliser from the previous weekend severely hurt the Reds’ dwindling Premier League title ambitions.

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