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Klopp Defends Salah: He’s Not Selfish

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Klopp shuts down talk of Salah neglecting his teammates.

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There’s been some talk recently about Mohamed Salah being a bit too goal hungry up front. This could be a continued reaction from the brief, on pitch squabble he had with teammate Sadio Mané earlier this season. Or it could just be because Liverpool are close to perfect right now, but people still need things to complain about.

Either way, this weekend saw Salah add two more goals to his tally, while number nine Roberto Firmino handled the assists. On most teams, that would be the other way around, but Liverpool Football Club isn’t most teams, not this season.

As for the insinuation that Salah chooses personal glory over helping the team, Jürgen Klopp is having none of that business.

“People were talking about Mo Salah,” he said. “Mo was never selfish, or more selfish than he should be.

”A striker in the right position... we have seen goals from Mo where he scores in between four players and finds the roof of the goal. Then when you do not score people say you should have passed here or there,” Klopp said.

”Life is not that easy. On Saturday he was very unselfish and he got the balls (passes) back, so he could score. Offensively - all around - it was really tough game.”

It’s worth noting that Salah is tied with Mané at six assists this season, and that no matter who scores, the three amigos up top always work together to make it happen.