Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t believe Mohamed Salah should change his game despite the incident with Sadio Mane in the 3-0 win against Burnley.
The Reds boss thinks the Egyptian international should continue to be selfish in front of goal as he believes in the forward’s ability to score, even though a pass may well be a better option at times:
“I could describe five or six situations where everyone thought, ‘pass it, pass it, pass it’ and then he scored. So, that is the freedom of the player. The boys have to make these decisions: pass the ball, don’t pass the ball.”
“We can make these mistakes. You can lose the ball and miskick the ball, or sometimes you cannot see your team-mate. It is not that you ignore him. Sometimes to us it looks like you must see him, but you don’t.”
“It is not a big challenge, but of course with a striker always you can have this. What you do depends on the situation.”
There have certainly been similar occasions in the past where Salah has ignored teammates and scored. The 27-year-old is a superb finisher and it wouldn’t be right, as Klopp says, to curtail his attacking instincts.
In the same instance, though, Mane’s reaction on Saturday was understandable, and Klopp will be happy with how both players are so keen to score goals. That hunger and desire has led to thirteen consecutive victories for the Reds.
The Merseyside club haven’t dropped points in the league since the 0-0 draw against Everton in the Merseyside derby on March 3rd.