Ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright believes the speed at which Sadio Mane lost his temper with Mohamed Salah was a clear indication that his frustration at his Liverpool teammate had been building for a while.
The TV pundit says he may have also shot at goal if he were in Salah’s shoes, but he can also appreciate the anger that Mane felt when he wasn’t passed to:
“I’m not going to talk because as a striker I’ve thought, ‘would I have squared him in?’ and I hope I would have but in the moment I can see why he’s angry there. And he was so angry, he was furious, that was the ‘I’ve had enough moment’. That’s what we saw on the bench at Burnley.”
“He’s had enough of him when he could have had the tap-in. We’ve got a stat… he’s created 43 chances for him, Salah only 25. That says to me he’s tired of it not being reciprocated. For him to react that angrily, he’s at the end of his tether. It’s plain to see.”
Selfishness is a key ingredient of any striker, as manager Jurgen Klopp has already mentioned, and it would be very hard to criticise Salah for shooting when he has won the golden boot for two seasons in a row.
Whether he’ll look to pass to Mane more in future following this incident, we shall have to wait and see. The Reds face Newcastle at home after the international break, when they will be hoping to keep their 100% record at the start of this season intact.