Mohamed Salah must be less selfish in front of goal if he is to take his game to the next level, according to former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.
Salah was the cause of Sadio Mane’s rage during Liverpool’s Premier League win over Burnley after the Egyptian twice failed to play him through when in on goal.
While Salah has drawn some feint comparisons to Barcelona icon Lionel Messi, Wenger believes it’s the one area of his game he’ll need to improve.
“He is similar to Messi. He must still find the consistency of Messi. I find him a just as good finisher but Messi is the complete thing – he gives the final ball as well and Salah is a bit obsessed now by finishing himself so that’s a dimension he’ll get certainly when he gets a little bit older,” Wenger said (h/t Goal.com)
“To find the moment when you have to give the ball and when you have to finish.
“I like him very much, he has huge potential.”
Salah and Mane make up 2/3 of Liverpool’s devastating front three attack but Wenger is adamant the key component is Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.
“You forget the guy that sacrifices himself a little bit is Firmino,” he said.
“Like Luis Suarez did for Messi and Neymar. A guy that works for the team, that works for everybody and gets them to shine.
“This piece of the jigsaw is very hard to find – a striker that is generous.”
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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes Sadio Mane’s angry display at Burnley shows the level of competitiveness which burns within the squad.
With the score at 3-0 Mane, scorer of the second just before half-time, was substituted but apparently annoyed by Mohamed Salah’s failure to pass to him moments earlier and the Senegal international produced an emotional reaction on the bench.
Henderson and Joe Gomez were among the players to put an arm around the 27-year-old in an attempt to placate him and after the match manager Jurgen Klopp said everything had been smoothed over.
Henderson, however, said he was pleased to see it – even if it was from the usually mild-mannered Mane.
“I’ve seen it now and again (from him). Sadio is fine, he’s a great lad,” said the England international.
“That’s just us pushing each other all the time. I think that’s important. We all want to do better, we all want to improve, but we’re really close and I think we can deal with that.
“I’m not sure (what set him off) to be honest. I couldn’t really understand at first but then when he came in, he was laughing and joking.
“The most important thing was we got the result, Sadio knows that. He performed really well again. Him and Bobby were really big second ball. He had a fantastic game.
“Like I said, we want to push each other. We want to improve all the time, I quite like that now and again. I think we need it.”
Having overpowered Arsenal last weekend this was a different type of performance, weathering Burnley’s early fire to grind their way through the tough passages before effortlessly moving through the gears when opportunities arose.
The breakthrough came from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross which deflected off Chris Wood and ballooned into the top corner.
Their second was classic Liverpool: forcing the opponent – on this occasion Ben Mee – into a mistake with Roberto Firmino capitalising to release Mane for a well-taken goal.
Firmino became the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals when he launched and finished an 80th-minute counter-attack.
It was a clinical and professional performance which extended the top-flight’s only 100 percent record to four matches and ensured they took a two-point cushion over Manchester City, who had briefly gone top having played earlier, into the international break.
For the first time in their history Liverpool have won their first four league matches in back-to-back seasons but Henderson insisted the standards they are setting were not considered by the players to be sending a ‘catch us if you can’ message to their rivals.
“We’re not setting them for anyone else, we’re setting them for ourselves. That’s what we want to do,” he added.
“We want to win every week, we want to perform every week and that’s difficult because there are so many good sides in the Premier League and in Europe. It’s really hard.
“Again for us, it’s game by game. We come up against different tests each week and it’s about giving everything every time we go onto the football pitch and we will see where we are at the end of the season.
“For me it’s just about concentrating on what we need to do. We have been very mature in our performances, especially away from home.
“We want to continue that form, keep doing the right things, keep working hard as a team. If we do that, we can put on performances like that.”
Burnley manager Sean Dyche was satisfied with the performance despite not having won since the opening day of the season.
He felt his players had to learn from the likes of Liverpool if they were to improve.
“I do think these and Man City are the best,” he said.
“If you turn the ball over in a bad area the number of times they capitalise on it and at least get a chance changes the mentality of the game.
“You learn from these top teams. When we worked in transition we didn’t find those killer moments.”
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his players‘ “brilliant” performance as a Chris Wood own goal and strikes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino secured a convincing 3-0 English Premier League victory for ‘The Reds’ over Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Firmino became the first Brazilian to reach 50 Premier League goals before the focus turned to Mane when the pair were taken off five minutes from time.
The win extended their 100 per cent record to four matches, maintained their two-point lead over Manchester City and set a new club record for 13 consecutive league victories.
Not that Klopp was that excited about the numbers with the Reds boss keen to focus on his players.
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