Mo Salah hits back at critics after Spurs win: ‘Players with the same number of goals as me are having their best season’

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has sent a message to his critics, on the back of his side’s last-gasp victory over Tottenham.

Liverpool 2-1 Spurs

Jurgen Klopp’s men welcomed Tottenham to Anfield earlier this evening, for a crunch Premier League clash.

The two sides headed into proceedings with crucial season objectives in mind, with hosts Liverpool of course in the midst of a historic Premier League title race with Manchester City, and Tottenham battling it out with all of Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea for a place in the English top-flight’s top-4.

And, when all was said and done on Merseyside, it was the home side who emerged victorious, to leapfrog Man City back to the summit of the Premier League table.

Roberto Firmino opened the game’s scoring with 15 minutes on the clock, getting on the end of Andy Robertson’s typically-superb delivery to nod Liverpool in front.

Tottenham, though, grew into things as the clash wore on, before pulling level 20 minutes from time, through Lucas Moura.

Just when it appeared as though the spoils were set to be shared at Anfield, however, Mohamed Salah’s late back-post header was clumsily spilled by Hugo Lloris, leading to the unfortunate Toby Alderweireld bundling the ball into his own net, in the process handing all 3 points to Liverpool.

Toby Alderweireld scores an own goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

‘Don’t care about the goal’

Though he failed to find the net for the 8th-straight outing this evening, Mohamed Salah’s contribution to Liverpool regaining top spot in the Premier League table was an absolutely integral one, with the Egyptian’s 90th-minute effort having, as outlined above, directly led to the Reds’ winner.

And Salah has, as a result, since moved to bite back at his mounting critics, amid the 26-year-old’s rare dry spell in front of goal.

Speaking in a post-match press conference, the explosive wide-man explained:

‘Normally I stay outside the box on corners but I followed my intuition and went inside. I have to wait to see if the Premier League give me the goal.’ [They haven’t.]

‘We got the three points. That’s the most important thing. I don’t care about the goal. There are some players with the same number of goals as me and they are having the best season of their life, and I’m supposed to be having a bad season.’

‘I want to win the Premier League; that’s the most important thing for me. The atmosphere was crazy and the fans help us a lot. They are desperate to win the league and we will do everything to make that happen.’

Quotes via the Guardian

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Liverpool hosted Tottenham on Sunday as they looked to go back top of the Premier League.

The Reds would go two points clear of Manchester City with a win over Spurs. Although, Pep Guardiola’s side still have a game in hand vs Manchester United.

The game got off to a great start for Liverpool as Roberto Firmino headed them in front inside 16 minutes.

However, Spurs would start the second half much better than Liverpool and would equalise in the 70th minute.

Harry Kane did appear to take a moving free-kick in the build-up to Lucas’ goal though.

There would be one more twist in this exciting tie as Mohamed Salah forced Hugo Lloris into an error, pushing the ball towards Toby Alderweireld who scored an own goal and gave Jurgen Klopp’s side the win.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 31: Lucas Moura of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with Harry Kane after he scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 31, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Van Dijk injury update

There was one big concern for Liverpool fans in the aftermath of Sunday’s win, however.

Virgil van Dijk appeared to pick up a knock during the second half of the Spurs fixture after colliding with Mousa Sissoko.

Speaking about van Dijk’s injury in his post-match press conference, Klopp stated:

“We have to see. I asked him and I think it was in the counter-attack situation when Sissoko hit him… I don’t know if he twisted it or it is a knock. 

“He was walking to the interviews with a big ice pack. I hope it’s nothing serious but I don’t know yet.” As quoted by Liverpool’s official website.

Liverpool’s next game is away to Southampton on Friday the 5th of April, it is not yet known if VVD will be fit.

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Man United join race for Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic

Rakitic wanted by Man United and Inter

Manchester United have joined the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.

Rakitic is contracted to Barcelona until July of 2021 but the Spanish giants are said to be willing to sell him for around €50m.

United will, however, face competition from Inter Milan who have been linked with the 31-year-old for some time.

Rakitic joined Barcelona in 2014 from Sevilla for a fee of around £16m.

The midfielder has gone on to make 257 appearances for Barca across all competitions, scoring 34 and assisting 36 in that time.

 

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 24: Ander Herrera of Manchester United tackles Mohamed Salah of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on February 24, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Rakitic to replace Mata and Herrera?

If United do manage to land Rakitic this summer, he may be a replacement for Ander Herrera or Juan Mata.

Both Herrera and Mata are in the last few months of their current United deals and as things stand, they will be leaving on frees this summer.

Herrera has featured much more regularly than Mata under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with the now permanent United boss keen for the midfielder to extend his stay:

“We want the best players in this club.

“Let’s hope club and player[Herrera]  find an agreement. We will have a strong squad next season. Ander has been very good since I came in.”As quoted by Goal.

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