Gary Neville slams ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal


Gary Neville was critical of Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)

Gary Neville was critical of Mohamed Salah over a ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ decision during Liverpool’s Premier League victory over Arsenal.

Jurgen Klopp’s side maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win over Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Monday evening.

Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners the lead but goals from Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson saw Liverpool lead at the break.

The Reds initially failed to put the game to bed during a tense second half but new signing Diogo Jota drilled home late on to secure the three points.

Jota in fact appeared set to score minutes before he opened his Liverpool account but Salah nicked the ball off his team-mate in the box before losing possession.

Commentating on the Premier League clash for Sky Sports, former Manchester United and England defender Neville said: ‘That is the selfish part of his game.

‘He’s thought, “you’re not having a goal already” and taken it off of him. It was Jota’s ball.

Salah denied Diogo Jota a goal-scoring opportunity during the 3-1 win (Picture: Getty)

‘His greed is one of his great strengths but he should have left it for his mate. He was never going to get there.

‘He [Jota] would have had a goal if it wasn’t for Salah. You can’t do that. As great a player as he is, he knows that’s not a great look.’

Salah and Klopp will be thankful that the incident did not prove costly, with Jota slotting home shortly after to ensure Liverpool have taken full points from their first three games of the season.

Jota, who joined the Reds earlier in the month from Premier League rivals Wolves, said after the match: ‘It is an amazing feeling.

‘I just wish it could be with a full stadium but I am happy to seal the win for the team and get the result.

‘In football sometimes you score, sometimes you miss and you have to believe you are going to score and fortunately I did.

‘The first one is always the hardest one, to keep on going is the is the most important think. I have one, I want more.’

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