'Maybe a new voice is needed?' - National media make sad Jurgen Klopp point after Liverpool fury

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Liverpool's hopes of Premier League glory were dashed once more on Saturday afternoon as they drew 2-2 with West Ham United at the London Stadium.

A limp performance from the Reds saw them fall behind to a Jarrod Bowen header in the first half before Andy Robertson and an own goal from Alphonse Areola put Liverpool ahead after the break. However, they were unable to hold on to all three points at the London Stadium as Michail Antonio headed the Hammers level 13 minutes from time.

Post-match, much of the talk was about Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp, who exchanged heated words on the touchline late in the second half as the Egyptian was being readied for action.

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Here, is how the national media, and the ECHO's Paul Gorst, viewed another below-par performance from Liverpool.

Jonathan Northcroft of The Times wrote: "April has been a dog of a month — an absolute squib of a month — for everyone at Anfield, though. Now, Klopp is edging towards the exit with nothing to play for, after the result here surely banished Liverpool’s title hopes for good, and there are doubts about the team’s superstar.

"Approaching 32, with a year left on his contract and a new manager about to arrive in Arne Slot who demands ferocious pressing from his forwards, there were already questions about Salah’s future; and now this.

"A shame, because Salah is such a wonderful footballer and has been such a force for good in the game, not only in Premier League terms but also on a global scale.

"It seems an even greater pity to see Klopp so careworn at the end of his reign. He won’t miss 12.30pm kick-offs and he won’t miss media controversies such as the one he experienced in Stratford. Only he and Salah know what was said but Klopp shut down questions as if he is done dealing with star footballers as well.

"It could have been a day of re-affirmation. After an opening period that Liverpool dominated but, yet again, could not take their chances, West Ham scored an excellent goal on one of their clever breaks."

Sam Wallace of The Telegraph wrote: "Salah’s response when he left the stadium was playful, but also telling: “There’s going to be fire today if I speak.” It was done with half a smile but given this is a man who rarely talks publicly, aside from the occasional grand set-piece interview, it was indicative that he spoke at all.

"For the current Liverpool manager these are rapidly becoming someone else’s problems – that someone else being the 45-year-old Dutchman Arne Slot, who will have watched this performance with interest.

"Salah made some incursions as a substitute in pursuit of a Liverpool winner and Harvey Elliott struck the bar with a shot in the final stages. Liverpool were, as Klopp said “super-dominant” for much of the game but also vulnerable with Jarrod Bowen’s first from West Ham coming from another set-piece.

"Salah himself has not scored in the recent defeats to Atalanta, Crystal Palace and Everton which has given his club a glimpse of what life might be like in the post-Salah era. It is easy to take for granted that level of goalscoring but once it is gone then fortunes can change rapidly. Klopp said that he had no choice but to make changes for the fourth game in 10 days and there was something plaintive about his explanation."

The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg wrote: "This is a team whose emotional energy has been drained by the challenge of staying in a three-way title race. Jürgen Klopp, who has three games left before he can pack it in, looks and sounds spent.

"He was not in the mood to say much about his row with Mohamed Salah, who was preparing to come on as a late substitute at the London Stadium and made it very clear he had zero interest in anything his manager had to say to him.

"Perhaps a new voice is needed. And maybe, once the disappointment of throwing more points away subsides, at least Klopp will tell himself that he will not have to coach those dreaded 12.30pm kick-offs any more. The responsibility will fall on Arne Slot next season and much will depend on whether Liverpool can rediscover their poise in front of goal.

"This was a game they could have won 10 times over. One-nil down at half-time, their aerial shortcomings exposed by Jarrod Bowen heading in his 20th goal of the season, Liverpool had responded well.

"They ripped into a passive West Ham at the start of the second half, scored twice and had enough chances to seal a win that would have kept alive their hopes of taking advantage of any slips from Arsenal and Manchester City."

The ECHO's Paul Gorst wrote: "Anyone searching for just how troubling these times are for Liverpool just now found all the evidence they needed after 77 minutes here at the London Stadium.

"The scene was Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp, the two people who have perhaps done more than any other pair to thrust greatness upon Liverpool in recent years, arguing on the sidelines as the opposition celebrated a goal.

"Having risen to global stardom under the careful guidance of his world-class manager, it was a jarring image to see Salah so forcibly at loggerheads with Klopp and the situation was made even more surreal by the sight of famed firebrand Darwin Nunez acting as peacemaker.

"With Klopp now into his final weeks ahead of Arne Slot’s appointment and a major question hanging over Salah’s next move, given he has close to just 12 months left on his contract, it was, sadly, a crystallising moment of how this is all coming to a close under the current boss."