- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Mo Salah has to be selfish to be a top goalscorer
- The 26-year-old is happy for Salah to continue being selfish if it wins games
- Oxlade-Chamberlain also lifted the lid on Jurgen Klopp’s eccentric personality
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says Mo Salah’s selfish streak in front of goal is vital to his game
The 26-year-old also described Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as ‘nuts’ and ‘a good coach’
The midfielder has bounced back from a serious knee injury to make seven apps this term
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has poked fun at the rift between Mo Salah and Sadio Mane and lifted the lid on Jurgen Klopp’s eccentric personality.
Mane responded angrily to Salah’s decision to shoot rather than pass to him during Liverpool’s recent victory over Burnley.
The pair have since resolved their dispute but when asked about the incident in a BBC Sport interview, Oxlade-Chamberlain sided with Mane.
The 24-year-old was asked to finish a series of sentences about his Liverpool team-mates, one of which read: ‘Mohamed Salah isn’t selfish because…,’
Oxlade-Chamberlain replied in a light-hearted manner: ‘Isn’t selfish? Are you winding me up? The guy don’t pass to us. Are you mad? Ask Sadio.’
However, the former Arsenal man then went into more detail and urged Salah to continue being selfish, as long as it results in the Reds winning games.
‘Mo Salah isn’t selfish because he’s a goal scorer,’ he continued. ‘He’s gotta do that.
‘We can’t expect him to pass us the ball all the time and him to score loads of goals. The way he plays wins us games, so he’s got to do what he’s got to do.
‘He scores, we win the game. I’m happy. Mo, do what you want!’
Oxlade-Chamberlain was also asked to finish the sentence ‘Jurgen Klopp is…’ and opted for the word ‘nuts’ before adding: ‘Jurgen Klopp is what you see on the TV screen. Passionate, funny, charismatic and a good coach.’
The midfielder has bounced back from a serious knee injury which saw him miss all of last season to make seven appearances so far this term.
He was also included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.