Ex-Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness says Mohamed Salah was “super selfish” during the Reds’ 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday.
“He was at it tonight from the first minute. I think it [the Golden Boot] is important to him,” Souness said on Sky Sports.
“You’ve seen his reaction when people weren’t finding him late on in the game in the last third. He was shooting at every opportunity, and his teammates will not have been happy with him on two or three occasions.”
Jurgen Klopp’s men continued with their fine form on the road this season and put the minnows to the sword with a ruthless performance.
Salah scored twice and set up another for Jordan Henderson, while Leandro Trossard got Brighton’s only consolation goal.
Salah’s double puts him on 19 goals in the Premier League, one behind Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang and a further two behind Jamie Vardy of Leicester City.
The Egypt international was seemingly trying too much to score more against Brighton and took eight shots during the game.
Souness believes the 28-year-old has his eyes set on the Golden Boot and that has made him selfish.
“But he’s always selfish. I think tonight he was super selfish. He really wants his Golden Boot,” Souness noted.
“They’ve won the league, so he’s done his bit for the team, he’s played his part, he’s got the goals, he’s been fabulous, and he wants that Golden Boot. And he thinks he’s in a team that creates chances, so he thinks it’s very much still on for him.”
Liverpool have already been crowned Premier League champions with four games still to go.