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Salah: Three points is all that matters

Mo Salah may have not have officially ended his eight-game goal drought on Sunday, but he certainly played a key role in Liverpool's crucial 2-1 win against Tottenham at Anfield.

The Reds were given a searching test of their title credentials against the North London outfit who had plenty of incentive to play a spoiling role, plus the fact that top four qualification was suddenly not a certainty for them.

After Roberto Firmino had given the home side the lead after 16 minutes, they were pegged back in the second half courtesy of a flowing move involving Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier and Christian Eriksen which was finished by Lucas Moura with 20 minutes left to play.

The visitors should then have gone in front when they had a two on one breakaway, but Moussa Sissoko wasted the opportunity shooting over the bar, although it must be said the presence of Virgil Van Dijk was instrumental.

With the clock ticking down in the game and quite possibly Liverpool's title chances with it, Salah headed a cross towards Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris who for all intents and purposes should have handled it comfortably.

However the Frenchman inexplicably fumbled the ball onto the leg of his central defender Toby Alderweireld which subsequently rolled into the back of the net in front of the Kop.

 

The old saying of 'the agony and the ecstasy' was never more apt than in this situation for both teams.
 

Anfield broke into absolute jubilation as flashbacks of Jordan Pickford's mistake in the Merseyside Derby were relived.

Salah said the emotional impact of the victory could not be discounted.

 

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The Official site reported Salah as saying:

“It’s a big difference, especially if you see the fans after the game – it was crazy,” 

"They just really want to win the Premier League and we’ll do everything to make that happen. They help us a lot during the game, the atmosphere and they push you hard to create chances and play better.

"Big teams always find a way to get the points.
Maybe in the second half we didn’t play at the top of our game but we won the game and that’s the most important thing.

 

"That’s a big team – you always have to find a way to win and that’s what we did.”

Typical of the man, Salah is putting the performance of the team ahead of any individual milestone and was not interested on claiming the goal for himself which would be his 50th in the Premier League for the Reds.

“The three points are the most important thing – if they give the goal to me is not very important, I don’t care if not.

"I didn’t score for a couple of games, OK. I just play and I want to win the Premier League, that’s the most important thing for me.”

The games continue to grow in importance as we enter the final month of the season with the Reds heading down to the south coast to play a Southampton team playing for their Premier League survival.

“Each game is tough now, there is more pressure.
You just keep yourself in the race and you just need to win.

"Southampton want points, they want to stay in the Premier League, so they’ll fight for their life also. We have to win each game.”


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Just now, Anubis said:

Cheers Mo.

 

And next time, slip the ball through to Mane when he's in the better scoring position. Two nil and it was over.

I don't want to 'hate' on Mo, I think he's an exceptional player, but fuck me this run of form. Going from everything going in or being an assist, to nothing going right and choosing the wrong option. Every. Fucking. Time. 

 

He's driving me mad. I used to get excited when he was on the ball.

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Superb player having another superb season.   As the man himself said yesterday, lesser players are getting the plaudits for having the season of their life's and still not matching his rut. 

 

Just a shame so many keep repeating the media's agenda of no goals in x amount of games.  

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1 minute ago, Babb'sBurstNad said:

I've no problem with a lack of goals; I do however take issue with him continually trying to score himself whilst teammates are in better positions. 

Had he slipped Mane through it would’ve been a certain goal I reckon.

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These things happen to the best strikers.

Teams are much better at playing him now and he's getting more and more frustrated and not passing it when he should.  He will come through it , just hope it's before the end of the season. 

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1 hour ago, Babb'sBurstNad said:

I've no problem with a lack of goals; I do however take issue with him continually trying to score himself whilst teammates are in better positions. 

Like all good forwards do, wasn't that long ago that Mane was too greedy apparently.   No one gives a fuck when they're going in. 

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If he passed it more it may add a bit of doubt in the defender's mind as to what he's actually going to do with the ball, instead of what he does right now, which is going for the shot regardless. 

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He was pissing me off yesterday because he’s just not learning.  He says the points are all that matters but that’s not the way he’s playing.  Thank god he was on the pitch until the end though.  Carra has just done a little breakdown of the goal and highlighted how about 4 other players are basically resigned to the game being over.  They’re all walking out.  Mo is the only one sprinting to get back onside and then anticipating the cross and attacking it.

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19 hours ago, Anubis said:

Cheers Mo.

 

And next time, slip the ball through to Mane when he's in the better scoring position. Two nil and it was over.

I reckon that goal would be disallowed as Mané was in an offside position when Trent played the original ball in.

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On 01/04/2019 at 11:41, Anubis said:

Cheers Mo.

 

And next time, slip the ball through to Mane when he's in the better scoring position. Two nil and it was over.

 

I’ve changed my mind. Just ignore me and shoot!

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