Jose Mourinho thinks that Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah needs to do more than just score goals for his team.
Mo Salah, Was at Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s tenure. The Portuguese deemed a young Salah surplus to requirements after only scoring 2 goals in 19 appearances for the Blues.
He was loaned out to AS Roma, and that move became a permanent one.
In the Serie A, he played for Roma 83 times, scoring 34 goals and contributing 23 assists.
That was enough for Liverpool to splash out 42 million Euros and bring the Egyptian international back to the Premier League.
Since his return, Salah has been a revelation. Playing 113 games, scoring 75 times, with 32 assists too.
But according to Jose Mourinho, Salah needs to do more.
During his post-match pundit duties on Sky Sports, after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Chelsea, Mourinho said:
“I think in the last 10-15 minutes of this game, Salah has to make a bigger effort.”
“He has to help Alexander-Arnold a little bit more, then Alexander-Arnold can play a little bit more on the inside and then Firmino drops a little bit back.”
“When the moment arrives of, ‘We are going to win ugly’ [they have to say].”
“In this moment we don’t have the potential and the freshness to be aggressive to score a third goal, we have to defend better.”
“They were a little bit lucky that in the last couple of chances, Chelsea didn’t score and they would be in this moment winning themselves.”
The point Mourinho is trying to make is that at the moment the title race is between Liverpool and Manchester City. The apparent difference is that City has a group of players that all work for the team.
Jurgen Klopp still has a few that don’t contribute enough in other areas.
That may be the difference between some wins and losses, and ultimately the title and runners up spot.