Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler takes Mo Salah’s side when it comes to the recent incident between the Egyptian and Sadio Mane in the 3-0 win against Burnley.
Salah did not pass the ball to his teammate when Mane was open in the box and the Senegalese went berserk for minute or two after he was subbed for Divock Origi. The incident looks settled but discussions on whether a forward can afford being selfish, still go on. Fowler believes it’s an integral part of a good attacker.
“It’s the noise surrounding Mane and Salah that I can’t believe,” Fowler wrote in his column in the Mirror. “Everyone commenting and talking nonsense about being ‘greedy’ or destroying team spirit, have they never watched football before? Because you can’t be a top-class goal scorer without total belief you will score.
“One of my more famous goals was at Old Trafford where I smashed one past Peter Schmeichel through a sliver of a gap at his near post. Made him look stupid, made me look brilliant – classic striker’s goal.
“Yet Rushie was unmarked in the middle, and the gap was TINY. Should I have passed? Those people slagging off Salah would have you believe so. They’d say I was selfish, was jealous of Ian Rush and the goals he scored. Thing is a few minutes before that, I was in the same position – and did pass. And Rushie missed a sitter, from three yards!
“But I was never going to pass anyway. I saw Schmeichel had just drifted to his left, had the weight on his left foot, and I believed I was good enough to hit that gap between him and the near post. I always believed.
“That’s what goal scorers do. They train for it, their whole week on the training ground is spent practicing, visualizing, working out how to score for every position and the best always believe they can score – from five yards, from 20, from 40. Wherever. Even if it’s easier to pass for a tap-in.
“I look at Salah’s record and it tells me he’s going to keep doing it. You don’t score that many goals without being what people say is selfish. But what the hell do people want?
“Do they want him to be a goal scorer or do they want him to be someone who’s always looking to pass?
You can’t really have both.”