Mohamed Salah has seemingly aimed a strange jibe at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane, after criticism of his goalscoring form for Liverpool recently.
Salah thought he’d netted the winner for Liverpool against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, only for the Premier League to award it as an own goal by Toby Alderweireld instead. As a result, the winger only has one league goal in his club’s last nine league games.
In the end, that didn’t matter much against Spurs, as they got the win anyway. However, the drought is clearly affecting Salah’s game, as he takes on chance after chance whilst ignoring teammates in better positions.
On Sunday, he failed to make a single key pass for the second consecutive game, a far cry from the man who had eight assists in his first 20 matches of the campaign.
Jamie Carragher questioned Salah about his goalscoring record after the game, and the 26-year-old tried to deflect the attention away onto other players.
“I didn’t score for a couple of games but there are some players who has the same number of goals as me but people are saying those players are having the best season of their life,” Salah said. “There are three or four players and no-one talks about them – they say they have a good season and I’m the only one that has had a bad season.”
The three players level on goals with Salah are Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane. It’s probably fair to assume the Liverpool man didn’t intend to have a go at his own teammate, so that leaves Aubameyang and Kane as the targets of his jibe.
It’s a strange thing to say, as hardly anyone is claiming either of those strikers are at their very best. Kane is on course for his worst league goalscoring season since 2014/15, as is Aubameyang. Both strikers have scored 30 league goals in one of the previous two seasons, and both currently sit on 17 with less than 10 games to go.
Undoubtedly they’ve had plenty of good moments this campaign as well, but it’s hardly the best seasons of their lives. It’s probably the second-best season of Salah’s career though, so maybe he should just focus on making it as good as it can be.