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  • David Tyrer

LFC legend Fowler says Salah & Mane spat is just nonsense

You would have hoped that by now, over a week since it happened we'd have been able to move on from the nonsense that was the Mo Salah vs Sadio Mane spat.


The reaction of Sadio Mane to being substituted shortly after Mo Salah failed to lay on a ball for a tap-in against Burnley was latched on to - quite predictably - by the press.


Ever since, it's been all about how the pair are at odds and there has even been nonsense about having to sell one or the other to keep the pair happy.


But while the players, manager and club have laughed it off, Robbie Fowler has added his side to things claiming that it's nonsense.


Writing in his article for the Mirror, Fowler said: "It’s the noise surrounding Mane and Salah that I can’t believe.


"Everyone commenting and talking nonsense about being “greedy” or destroying team spirit, have they never watched football before?


"Because you can’t be a ­top-class goalscorer without total belief you will score.


"One of my more famous goals was at Old Trafford where I smashed one past Peter Schmeichel through a sliver of a gap at his near post. Made him look stupid, made me look brilliant – ­classic striker’s goal.


"Yet Rushie was unmarked in the middle, and the gap was TINY. Should I have passed? Those people ­slagging off Salah would have you believe so. They’d say I was selfish, was jealous of Ian Rush and the goals he scored.


"Thing is a few ­minutes before that, I was in the same position – and did pass. And Rushie missed a sitter, from three yards!


"But I was never going to pass anyway.


"I saw Schmeichel had just drifted to his left, had the weight on his left foot, and I ­believed I was good enough to hit that gap between him and the near post. I always believed.


"That’s what goalscorers do. They train for it, their whole week on the ­training ground is spent practising, visualising, working out how to score for every position and the best always believe they can score – from five yards, from 20, from 40. Wherever. Even if it’s easier to pass for a tap-in.


"I look at Salah’s record and it tells me he’s going to keep doing it.


"You don’t score that many goals without being what people say is selfish. But what the hell do people want?


"Do they want him to be a goalscorer or do they want him to be someone who’s always looking to pass? You can’t really have both.


"And the other ­nonsense I’ve heard is people saying he’s not passing ­because he’s ­jealous, he doesn’t want Mane to score.


"If anyone can slow down the game so much they have time to think, ‘Oh, I’m not passing to him because he’s scored more than me’, well they’re the best who’s ever played. Yes, Salah can be ­selfish when he sees the goal, but, to me, that makes him a great goalscorer.


"And it’s not as if he doesn’t create chances for others. Mane knows that, and what he did was just frustration at being taken off."



 

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