Mo Salah had a notable reaction to Liverpool’s penalty against Cardiff City. It was likely a good sign for the club, however.
A video has done the rounds on Twitter showing Salah wanting to take the penalty. James Milner, the team’s recognised penalty taker, takes the ball from him, however.
This was undoubtedly the right decision. Salah has scored a few penalties for Liverpool now and likely would have taken it if Milner were still on the bench.
He’s also chasing the Premier League Golden Boot. Salah is currently level at the top with Sergio Aguero and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, one ahead of Sadio Mane. A goal from the spot would have put him back on top.
But penalty is not a free goal, as often as they’re painted that way. Liverpool needed to kill the game with a second goal and scoring it was priority number one. Milner’s record from the spot is exemplary; he needed to take it and showed exactly why as he arrowed it into the bottom corner.
Video: Salah’s reaction to the penalty
Yes Milner is number one for penalty kicks but Salah wanted to be the league's top scorer and we're ahead and it will increase his confidence. I really feel bad for Mo! pic.twitter.com/XCoDa0PjPO
— Castle of the Kop (@castleofthekop) April 21, 2019
Salah really did want it, though. He doesn’t give the ball to Milner right away, holding onto it in the hope his teammate with sympathise. When Milner doesn’t, Salah looks dejected.
Seeing teammates on different pages is never ideal, let alone seeing a player upset moments after winning a penalty. Salah’s attitude is a promising one, though.
He’s a player with his eyes at the very top, determined to achieve personal and team success. Sometimes that can negatively influence his decision making, yes, but having a player like that is almost always a good thing.
Salah is the star, wants to be the star, and actively wants the burden of being the top goalscorer. That’s a lot of pressure – but Liverpool’s players will have a lot of that over the next month.
Their star man is determined to thrive on that pressure, though. Salah may not have had the ideal reaction to the penalty, but it was a sign of a player who is determined to leave his name in the history books this season.