Sadio Mane responds to selfish criticism, says it doesn’t matter who scores
Mane has been accused of selfishness after he snubbed Salah during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Wembley.
The Senegalese was through on goal when he opted to pass to Naby Keita, despite Mohamed Salah being in a better position, which made some fans speculate that Mane is jealous of the Egyptian.
However, Mane has dismissed these suggestions, saying it doesn’t matter who scores and that team success is more important.
“As a football player this is normal. People will say ‘Yeah he should have passed’ (if you don’t score) but this is one thing I never mind,” Mane told Liverpool Echo.
“In football you will find this (criticism) here and it will always be here, but I’m always focused on what I am doing for my team to win games.
“You always have to make decisions and I try to make the best decisions for the team. I’m not thinking about targets or ‘he should score’ or ‘I should score’.
“Always the team is more important than me or any players, and I always celebrate a goal or assist – although people say I always copy my team-mates!
“Of course I love them and I honestly don’t mind whoever scores a goal. For me it is about the team, it doesn’t matter who scores,” he added.
Liverpool will travel to face Chelsea at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday, September 29. The Reds are currently top of the table, while Chelsea sit third, two points behind them.
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