Alan Shearer has claimed that Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is selfish, but ‘in a good way.’
Speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast, Shearer gave his thoughts on what it takes to be a great goalscorer, name-checking Liverpool’s Egytpian King in the process.
“You name me a great goalscorer who is not selfish,” said the Premier League’s all-time top scorer.
“You look all through the years, whether it’s now – Ronaldo, Messi, Mo Salah or Harry Kane. Every single one of them is selfish in a good way, in terms of being a great goalscorer.
“You have to have that. You have to have that mentality if for whatever reason you’re not playing and they’re in the team. Yeah you want your team to play well but you don’t necessarily want them to score two or three and let the manager have a decision the following week.”
Not bad company to be named alongside for Mo.
Selfish in the right moments
Although Salah is selfish in-front of goal at times, this does usually pay off for Liverpool. He wouldn’t be far and away The Reds’ top scorer every season if it didn’t.
However, what makes the 29-year-old even more special is the numbers he puts up in terms of laying on goals for teammates.
It hasn’t been discussed enough in punditry circles that Salah is now the country’s top scorer and assister at the same time.
Selfish he may be at times, but he obviously knows when to play a killer pass too. Take Sunday’s win over Everton for example. The Reds were struggling to break down The Toffees resolute back-line until a clever dinked ball from Mo found Andy Robertson in the box.
Matching Kane all the way
This isn’t new territory for a player to be in. Harry Kane topped both the scorer and creator charts in the Premier League last season.
Kane’s numbers were rightly lauded last season, but he grabbed just one more of each metric than Salah currently has. 23 goals and 14 assists to Salah’s 22 and 13. With five games still to play, you’d back Mo to beat him on both counts.
His assist tally represents his best ever in the Premier League. It’s a scary thought for opposition fans, but it’s proof that he is improving season on season.
If he does add to his hauls, he’ll surely be the favourite for the end of season awards whether Liverpool end up winning the title or not.