Klopp and Milner kiss and make up on the touchline after he moaned at being replaced by Jones

January 31, 2021
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Jurgen Klopp and James Milner kiss and make up on the touchline after the Liverpool vice-captain moaned at being replaced by Curtis Jones… before the substitute made an instant impact to tee up Mohamed Salah’s opener at West Ham

  • The Reds vice-captain was clearly unhappy after being replaced by Curtis Jones
  • Milner and Klopp were involved in an animated conversation on the touchline
  • The pair were all smiles a minute later after Jones set up Salah for opening goal

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had the last laugh after a touchline tiff with James Milner during Sunday’s Premier League encounter at West Ham.

The Reds vice captain, 35, was clearly unhappy after being substituted in the 57th minute with the game goalless on Sunday.

Milner and Klopp were involved in an animated conversation on the touchline about the decision to replace him with midfielder Curtis Jones.

James Milner and Jurgen Klopp were involved in an animated conversation on the touchline

James Milner and Jurgen Klopp were involved in an animated conversation on the touchline

The Reds vice captain, 35, was clearly unhappy after being replaced by Curtis Jones

The Reds vice captain, 35, was clearly unhappy after being replaced by Curtis Jones

But the pair were all smiles less than a minute later after Jones then set up Mohamed Salah for the opening goal in the 3-1 win.

The forward created space for himself in the box before curling the ball from an angle beyond goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Milner was seen laughing and hugging Klopp on the touchline after the goal. 

Afterwards Klopp revealed: ‘He was not unhappy. At half-time we changed the formation and Milly was slightly deeper. 

The pair were all smiles less than a minute later after Jones set up Salah for the opening goal

The pair were all smiles less than a minute later after Jones set up Salah for the opening goal

Salah bent an effort into the top corner to give Liverpool a second-half lead in London

Salah bent an effort into the top corner to give Liverpool a second-half lead in London

‘His hamstring stiffened up slightly, so we told him to be controlled. We waited until Curtis was properly warmed up. Then I saw Milly’s last long sprint!

‘He came off and said “you told me to run less then you take me off!” but then he said “yes, good decision boss.”

The Egyptian later doubled the lead with a silky finish from a 68th-minute counter-attack.

Substitute Roberto Firmino set up Gini Wijnaldum to tap home Liverpool’s third in the 84th minute.

Craig Dawson replied for the hosts with a consolation goal three minutes later.