Sunday Sep 22, 2019. 10:00
Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Mohamed Salah’s selfish streak is one of the reasons he has been such a success with the Premier League club.
Salah has a superb scoring record since joining the Reds just over two years ago, but he came in for some criticism earlier this month when he failed to pass for the better-placed Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in a win over Burnley.
Mane was noticeable angered by Salah’s selfishness, but the ‘Ox’ insists that the Egyptian would not be as prolific a goal scorer – and a key man in Liverpool’s success – if he didn’t have this characteristic in his play.
While talking to BBC Sport, Oxlade-Chamberlain was asked to finish the sentence “Mohamed Salah isn’t selfish because…” to which he responded: “Isn’t selfish? Are you winding me up?”
“The guy doesn’t pass to us. Are you mad? Ask Sadio,” he added.
“No, Mo Salah isn’t selfish because he’s a goalscorer. He’s got to do that.
“We can’t expect him to pass us the ball all the time and him to score loads of goals. The way he plays wins us games, so he’s got to do what he’s got to do. He scores, we win the game. I’m happy. Mo, do what you want!” he concluded.
Salah and Mane will look to fire Liverpool to a sixth successive victory at the start of the current Premier League season when they face Chelsea in the pick of matches across Europe later today.