Jurgen Klopp's quest to keep Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah firing at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp's quest to keep Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah firing at Liverpool
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

The nationaland eveninternationalhilarity over Harry Kane's request to have another player's goal given to him by a review board is beginning to subside.

It seemed like Liverpool supporters and players were most indulgent, since Mohamed Salah leads the race for the Golden Boot at present.

It was fun at first, Tottenham's striker being photo-shopped to look like the first man to run a four-minute mile or even winning Saturday's Grand National but like all jokes it wore thin through repetition.

On Saturday the Egyptian scored a stunner against Bournemouth while his rival was shut out by Manchester City, thus giving Salah his five-goal lead back despite the helping hand given to Kane.

Having contributed to the debate by Tweeting "wow really?" on hearing the news, Salah was reluctant to prolong the discussion. He perhaps accepts now it's in a striker's nature to want every possible goal credited to himself.

Fans may recall him taking a penalty at Huddersfield, when James Milner was on the pitch and would normally be expected to step up to the spot.

It's not like Kane has not scored plenty of goals in recent years but barring a miraculous finish he may have to concede this particular contest to Salah eventually.

Both players are similar in that they usually shoot on sight anyway. Salah does also have nine assists to his credit, though there were times on Saturday when the race to be top scorer in England seemed uppermost in his mind.

The worry for his manager Jurgen Klopp is that any distraction from the important matter of winning matches could be harmful.

He's created a stunning forward line that also includes Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. The combined efforts of all three, with regards to league goals and assists (78 and counting in the Premier League between them), are impressive and they each scored against Bournemouth to emphasise that fact.

The fluidity and creativity Liverpool have up front is something unique and does most of Klopp's talking for him. The parts are all special but the sum is even greater when it all fuses together unselfishly.

Individual accolades obviously come second to team achievements.Salah would hand back any number of goals just to be able to lift the Champions League, while Kane would do likewise if Tottenham could land the FA Cup.

All managers want that competitive edge from their best players. There is not a club in the world that would not employ Cristiano Ronaldo for example, despite his blatant self-absorption bordering on narcissism.

Salah has taken everyone by surprise with his goal record this season. That he is even being spoken of in the same breath as Kane could not have been predicted nine months ago when the season began.


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