Sadio Mane got clearly mad at Mo Salah during Liverpool’s latest outing vs. Burnley, as the Egyptian forward could’ve passed him the ball in the final third several times but rathered take things into his own hands.
This isn’t the first time Salah has been accused of keeping the ball to himself upfront, and Mane’s tantrum fueled the rumors of a potential breach in the locker room due to Salah’s selfishness.
However, former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler claims this so-called feud is nothing short of nonsense, and that top-notch goalscorers need to be kind of greedy if they want to succeed and perform at the highest of levels:
“I’ve honestly never heard such nonsense as the stuff that has surrounded this so-called spat between Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. Everyone commenting and talking nonsense about being ‘greedy’ or destroying team spirit, have they never watched football before? Because you can’t be a top-class goalscorer without total belief you will score. That’s what goalscorers do. They train for it, their whole week on the training ground is spent practicing, visualizing, working out how to score for every position and the best always believe they can score – from five yards, from 20, from 40. Wherever. Even if it’s easier to pass for a tap-in,” Fowler told The Mirror.
Moreover, Fowler doesn’t think Salah is going to change his style of playing any time soon and claimed you can’t have a top-tier playmaker and goalscorer at the same time, having Salah’s back for always looking to score:
“I look at Salah’s record and it tells me he’s going to keep doing it. You don’t score that many goals without being what people say is selfish. But what the hell do people want? Do they want him to be a goalscorer or do they want him to be someone who’s always looking to pass? You can’t really have both. And the other nonsense I’ve heard is people saying he’s not passing because he’s jealous, he doesn’t want Mane to score. If anyone can slow down the game so much they have time to think, ‘Oh, I’m not passing to him because he’s scored more than me’, well they’re the best who’s ever played. Yes, Salah can be selfish when he sees the goal, but, to me, that makes him a great goalscorer. And it’s not as if he doesn’t create chances for others. Mane knows that, and what he did was just frustration at being taken off,” Fowler concluded.
Salah’s numbers do all the talking and while he could be more open to letting go of the ball upfront, it’s obvious that things are going quite well for him, as he now holds the record for the highest goal-per-game average in Premier League history.