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"The guy doesn't pass to us... but he's a goalscorer" - Alex Oxlade Chamberlain gives Mohamed Salah verdict

Mohamed Salah

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has joked that Mohamed Salah is “selfish”, while also acknowledging that he is frequently a match-winner for Liverpool.

The Egypt international was criticised in last month’s 3-0 victory over Burnley (opens in new tab) for shooting instead of passing to Sadio Mane.

Mane was visibly angry at Salah’s decision to pull the trigger, and could be seen complaining to team-mates James Milner and Roberto Firmino following his substitution shortly after the incident.

The former Southampton (opens in new tab) forward has since explained that he and Salah have made up, dismissing the episode as something that can happen in football (opens in new tab).

And Oxlade-Chamberlain says he is happy for Salah to keep taking shots as long as he maintains his excellent scoring record.

“Isn't selfish?" the England international replied to BBC Sport (opens in new tab) after being asked to finish the sentence ‘Mohamed Salah isn’t selfish because…’

"Are you winding me up? The guy doesn't pass to us. Are you mad? Ask Sadio!

“No, Mo Salah isn’t selfish because he’s a goalscorer," he continued. "He’s got to do that. We can’t expect him to pass us the ball all the time and him to score loads of goals.

“The way he plays wins us games, so he’s got to do what he’s got to do. He scores, we win the game. I’m happy. Mo, do what you want!”

Salah shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang last season after finding the net 22 times.

He was the division’s outright leading goal-getter the previous year, scoring 32 goals in 36 appearances.

The ex-Roma (opens in new tab) forward has notched four goals so far this season, as well as providing two assists in the top flight.

Liverpool will be looking to maintain their 100 per cent winning start to the campaign when they travel to Chelsea (opens in new tab) – one of Salah’s former clubs – on Sunday.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).