The pundit says the Reds duo ‘start thinking about their own goalscoring records’ when Jurgen Klopp’s side is winning – to the detriment of the Anfield side.
Paul Merson has claimed that Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah “start thinking about their own goalscoring records” when the Reds are winning a game and says it “happens too often” that one of the two will try and have a shot when it perhaps would have been better to pass (Daily Star).
Last month, in the 3-0 win over Burnley, Mane appeared visibly angry when he failed to receive a pass from Salah in the closing stages of the match, and when the Senegalese was substituted, he had to be held back by Jurgen Klopp before being consoled on the bench by Roberto Firmino.
Pundit and retired footballer Merson believes that the spat between the two attackers is arguably the only thing that could give Premier League champions Manchester City an advantage over the otherwise well-oiled Liverpool machine in their bid to get their hands on the title.
“It might have been a bit overblown at the time – but it will happen again,” Merson told the Daily Star. “When City win, they are relentless and they can win scoring five, six or seven because they share the load. But when Liverpool are winning, Salah and Mane start thinking about their own goalscoring records.
I know forwards are supposed to be selfish but it’s a team game. They may have made light of it since, but it happens too often. If you watch Liverpool, there are so many times when one of them could have passed but they take the shot on and miss. After a while that has got to annoy you.”
Merson also took the time to praise the third member of the attacking trident, Firmino, for his unselfishness on and off the pitch and how he is a “good example”, before going as far as labelling the other two “the problem” in the front line setup.
“Roberto Firmino sets them such a good example because he’s one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever seen and he creates so much for others,” added the Arsenal legend. “It’s the other two that are the problem and it’s a worry if you’re Klopp, whatever he might say about it in public.”