'There has to be one that's unselfish'

English Premier League

A former Liverpoool star striker believes Mohamed Salah's 'selfish' streak will not be a problem for the Reds in the long run.

Sadio Mane was visibily upset after coming off against Burnley last weekend, seemingly directing his anger towards Salah's decision not to pass to him before he was substituted.

Klopp revealed after the game that Mane was angry with something that happened on the pitch, but former Reds striker Michael Owen believes there needs to one selfish player.

“When you look at Liverpool's front three, you have Roberto Firmino, who is probably the most unselfish player in the world - he would lay on anything - so would be a dream to play with," Owen told ESPN FC.

“At the other end of the spectrum, you have Mo Salah, who is just focused on scoring and wanting to be the goalscorer. Then you have Sadio Mane, who sits in between - he likes scoring and is selfish when he needs to be - but he's also quite generous in his passing.

“I think you have a great balance there, but it just boiled over the other day. I was doing the [Burnley vs Liverpool] game for television and I said at the time: 'Have you seen that? There are a couple of times he [Salah] should have been passing.'

“Of course, it all blew up and I saw it coming in many ways. These problems happen all the time and it's Jurgen Klopp's job to smooth them over. But I do think that, as a striker, there is a balance in everything.

“There has to be one that's unselfish and one who is selfish, otherwise you are never going to get any goals. I was always at my best with Emile Heskey - he was really unselfish and I was a really selfish so-and-so.

“But put me with another selfish player - another striker who was hungry for goals - and you wouldn't necessarily hit it off the same.”

“I don't think it will be a problem that will last. Next time Salah gets the ball, he will probably be more conscious that he has to pass sometimes, if there is a better opportunity.