Jurgen Klopp insists Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have a ‘healthy competition’ for goals. The Reds boss went on to hail it as a completely normal situation.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane competing for goals is a good thing according to Jurgen Klopp.
The Egyptian was subject to criticism after Liverpool’s recent victory over Brighton. Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness claimed the forward was selfish and only thinks about winning the golden boot.
Salah and Mane both shared the golden boot award with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season. The trio scored 22 goals.
In this campaign, the Liverpool duo have remained neck to neck once again on the goal charts.
Salah only led Mane by a single goal but his recent brace took him three ahead of his teammate.
Amid recent claims of the Egyptian being a ‘selfish’ player, Klopp has rather praised two top forwards who are only doing their job.
“I’m not sure it’s a competition but it’s healthy.” Klopp said as quoted by Goal.
They (Salah and Mane) want to score goals and that’s completely normal. These things are always made up, and it’s clear. If you shoot and don’t score, there’s a 98 per cent opportunity that you should have passed somewhere else!
“It was never a bad relationship. There are moments where you think ‘he could pass the ball here or there’ but in my 20 years as a manager, I don’t think I’ve had more than two talks to a striker about being too selfish!
“Strikers have to be selfish to make decisions. And these decisions are the most important things, you have to be ready to finish a situation off.
“If he doesn’t see it, we can talk to a player and show them. But I have never thought a player is selfish or too selfish. In those situations, so many legs are around and you need to make sure you can keep the ball and finish.
“No, it’s all good.”
In actual fact, one of the main traits of a forward is being ‘hungry’ for goals. No harm if that’s what Salah has been showing in all of his Liverpool career.