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Mo Salah is actually Liverpool’s most creative player – the Mane incident is a non-event

Jurgen Klopp laughed it off while Roberto Firmino was seen making cheeky glances at the camera.

But their blasé attitude to the Sadio Mane-Mo Salah incident didn’t match the response from pundits and on social media.

For many this was alarm bells ringing for Liverpool, trouble in paradise between their famed front three.

Mane was fuming

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Mane was fuming

You’ve all seen it; Mane incensed at being substituted almost immediately after Salah ignored him during the Reds’ 3-0 win over Burnley yesterday.

Salah has been branded ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ in the aftermath for opting to go himself rather than find his team-mate.

But let’s dispel this myth that the Egyptian King is all ‘me me me’, shall we?

Salah opted to shoot instead of pass to Mane

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Salah opted to shoot instead of pass to Mane

People desperately clawing for a narrative against the European champions might not like it, but the statistics can’t be ignored.

According to Simon Brundish, a sports scientist and data analyst, Salah has created more Big Chances for his team-mates than any other Liverpool player since 2016 – and the Egyptian only joined the club in 2017.

Salah is Liverpool’s best player and his dominance since returning to the Premier League is still widely underrated.

Whether he’s scoring or creating, the 27-year-old is invariably at the heart of everything good that the Reds produce.

Happy families

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Happy families

Salah’s assist for Firmino yesterday brought up 100 goal involvements – either goals or assists – in 110 appearances since moving to Anfield in 2017.

That means he’s effectively scoring or assisting in every game he’s involved in.

He’s also the only player to hit double figures for both goals and assists in the last two Premier League seasons.

Salah can be forgiven for going himself late on yesterday when the result was already wrapped up.

100 goals and assists for Liverpool

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100 goals and assists for Liverpool

Had it still been 0-0 then there’s every right to be an inquest, but having not scored himself he just acted like any natural born finisher would.

Competition is healthy and the fact everyone is still striving to get on the scoresheet even at 3-0 only underlines Liverpool’s desire to be the very best.

Mane can feel aggrieved, but the Reds have bigger fish to fry and are sitting pretty at the top going into the international break.

Egyptian King

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Egyptian King

As for the ‘greedy’ Salah, sure maybe he had better options.

But every elite goalscorer requires a ruthless streak and having watched both his mates find the net at Turf Moor, he simply wanted to join the party.

If this is the biggest issue Liverpool have to deal with right now then they’re in a pretty good place.