Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has been warned by Garth Crooks after a moment of selfish play in the win over Sheffield United at the weekend. The Reds beat the Blades 2-1 but it could have been more comfortable had Salah squared the ball for Mane in one attack in particular.
Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota ensured Liverpool beat their opponents after Sander Berge had netted a penalty early on.
It means the champions are now level on points with Everton at the top of the Premier League table.
But Crooks has urged Salah to remember how Liverpool have had the success they have in recent seasons.
The pundit even went as far as to suggest it could be the end of Salah and Mane at Anfield if he continues to be selfish in similar positions in the coming weeks and months.
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Crooks told BBC Sport: “Mane had a header saved which rebounded for Robert Firmino to score the equaliser against Sheffield United.
“He then produced a wonderful cross for Diogo Jota to score the winner.
“However when the ball came to Mohamed Salah with Mane well placed alongside him the Egypt international chose to go it alone and hit the post.
“When Mane politely protested, Salah gesticulated that he had to go for the shot. No he didn’t.
“A pass to Mane and Liverpool would have gone 3-1 up. Salah needs to be careful, I’ve seen him sacrifice his team-mate before for glory.
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“The reason Liverpool have been so successful is due to the collaboration of their front three.
“Didn’t the Beatles break up over something rather petty?”
Crooks had kinder words for Trent Alexander-Arnold who impressed during the victory over Sheffield United.
He added: “The youngster was at it again on Saturday against Sheffield United.
“Spraying balls around the pitch with that wonderful right foot of his like he was handing out leaflets at a party conference.
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“The pass for Mohamed Salah to score – only to see VAR rule the goal for offside – was so effortless and absolutely gorgeous.
“It didn’t just split the Sheffield United defence in two, it literally dissected it.
“As for the Blades, they have been a tad unfortunate in the games I’ve seen so far.
“However if they intend to survive in the Premier League this season then they can’t start feeling sorry for themselves. Especially now that I’m just starting to warm to them.”
Liverpool return to action tonight in the Champions League when they take on FC Midtjylland at Anfield (8pm).
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