Liverpool won their fourth consecutive game against Burnley this weekend, but everyone was more focused on Sadio Mane’s outburst in the 85th minute.
Whether it was because Mo Salah failed to pass him the ball, or because he was substituted, this seems to raise the issue of players valuing personal glory more than the win.
Salah won the Golden Boot in 2018 and again in 2019 with Mané, so they have more than proven what exceptional players they are. However, a constant desire to score a goal can be detrimental to the team’s morale if they ignore other members.
Yes, it would be nice to be the hero, but not if it comes at the detriment of others. These players are representing more than themselves, they are representing the fans. They have a duty to do the best they can for all the supporters who follow them, wherever they go.
That is why things have to change.
Sure, if every striker partook in a rivalry like Salah and Mané’s, it would motivate one to do better. However, this persistence can have long term consequences for the team if they fail to make the shot. If Liverpool came as close to winning the league as we had last year and it went down to goal difference, a missed chance could cost us.
Hopefully, the game will serve to be a wake-up call for the players as the only way we will have a shot at the title is if they work together.