Thompson thought it was a ‘statement’ move from the Liverpool manager to withdraw the club’s top scorer from the fray when they were chasing a goal.
Diogo Jota came on to replace the Egypt international just after the hour mark but couldn’t find the back of the net as Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea kept a clean sheet and climbed into the top-four.
Salah was clearly unhappy at being withdrawn from the action and shook his head while sat on the Liverpool bench.
That reaction didn’t go down well with Thompson, who thinks Salah should have kept his emotions in check before speaking to his manager in private.
‘Taking Mo Salah off was a big statement,’ Thompson told Paddy Power.
‘A lot of them weren’t great, Sadio Mane has been having a torrid time, Bobby Firmino has been poor for some time, but to take off your leading goalscorer you go: “Wow. That was a big statement”.
‘You could see Mo’s reaction too, which I don’t like. I’d rather they just came off and spoke quietly to the manager rather than reacting like that.
‘Doing gestures in front of the cameras doesn’t help anyone. I have to say the decision to take him off was very surprising, though.’
Klopp explained that he took Salah off because he felt he wasn’t fresh, but insists he has no problems with players being unhappy at being substituted.
‘I didn’t see it from Mo. The reason for the sub was I could have changed other players as well but the reason was he looked like he felt the intensity and I didn’t want to risk him. That’s all.
‘It’s really rare and usually Mo looks surprisingly fresh until the end. I thought he didn’t look fresh any more. The last two or three years have nothing to do with that.’