Mo Salah's Game Summed Up In Two Moments, Three Minutes Apart
We saw the best and worst in Mo Salah's game in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Arsenal at Anfield last night - and Diogo Jota witnessed both elements first-hand.
The Egyptian wasn't on the scoresheet as the champions made it three wins out of three in the new campaign, though he did play a key role in Sadio Mane's opener by destroying Kieran Tierney down the right flank before his shot was parried into the Senegalese forward's path.
Salah should have had a glorious assist in the bag after jinking in field and playing through new signing Diogo Jota on his home debut in the 83rd minute, but the former Wolves man could only find the side-netting.
Moments later, however, and Salah's greediness was apparent. Having got to such an incredible level where his numbers for Liverpool are ridiculous, he's always desperate to score but that was to his detriment late on.
Gini Wijnaldum looked to have picked out Jota in a great position in the box but just as his eyes lit up, Salah took the ball off him.
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Jota was put off by Salah's attempt to nip in ahead of his teammate and the chance had gone.
Watching on co-commentary, Gary Neville offered some thoughts on how Salah wanting to score was a weakness rather than a strength in this instance.
"That is the selfish part of Salah," Neville said on Sky Sports.
"He's thought 'you're not having it, you've had a go already. I'm taking it off you'. But it wasn't there for him. It was Jota's ball. Salah's greed, which is one of his great strengths and why he scores so many goals but... he should have left it for his mate, it wasn't his, he could never get there.
"You can't do that. As great a player as he is, he knows it's not a particularly good look that one."
Jota must have been fuming at the time but fortunately for him he would open his account for the Reds in the 88th minute, wrapping up the victory with a strike in off the post.
:white_check_mark: Leeds- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 28, 2020
It has been the perfect start to the season for Liverpool :trophy: