Mo Salah: Don't call me a striker

Don’t call me a striker! Mohamed Salah insists people do not understand his position in Liverpool’s team as he talks up his role as a winger amid hunt for a the Quadruple AND a third Golden Boot

  • Mohamed Salah has insisted people misunderstand his position at Liverpool
  • The Egyptian said calling him a striker was a mistake, and that he is a winger
  • Salah won his second Football Writers’ Player of the Year award on Thursday

Mohamed Salah has revealed he does not think people understand his position at Liverpool and insisted that he is a winger, not a striker. 

The Egyptian is enjoying another stellar season at the Reds, having scored 30 goals in all competitions and 22 in the Premier League alone. 

That tally sees Salah set to win his third Golden Boot as Liverpool chase an unprecedented quadruple, and this season has already seen him win his second Football Writers’ Player of the Year award.

Mohamed Salah said people should not call him a striker, as he is in fact a winger at Liverpool

The Egyptian has scored 22 Premier League goals this season and is on for a third Golden Boot

But when speaking at the awards ceremony on Thursday, Salah took pains to correct what he sees as a mistake when people talk about what his position is.  

‘I’m not a striker,’ he said. ‘I’m not a striker because I play as a winger. I don’t play No 9, I play on the wing. It’s completely different when you play as a winger. 

‘People count me as a striker, but they shouldn’t because I don’t play as a striker. In our last game, (Diogo) Jota was our striker and we have (Sadio) Mane as a No 9. 

‘I’ve never been a No 9. I’m just focused in every game to try and help the team win games and that’s the most important thing. Once the team wins, I’m happy.’ 

Salah made the comments after winning his second Football Writers’ Player of the Year award

The comments are some admission given Salah has scored 155 goals in 248 appearances since joining Liverpool for £38million in 2017 – averaging more than 30 goals a season.

Asked about the Reds’ chances of beating Manchester City to the Premier League title and keeping their quadruple hopes alive, Salah said: ‘I think City are a very tough team, one of the best in the world. 

‘In the last 10 years, I think they have won the Premier League five times. They’re always trying to win the Premier League and they have a chance to do it. 

‘There are four games left and they are ahead of us. We just need to give it a try and see what happens.’ 

Salah said he has a ‘good relationship’ with Jurgen Klopp but didn’t speak about his Reds future

However, the Egyptian remained tight-lipped about his Liverpool future, despite fans going wild over seeing Salah sat with his agent and sporting director Michael Edwards at the awards dinner. 

Salah said the players were delighted that Klopp had signed a new contract, but didn’t reveal anything further about his own contract negotiations. 

‘Of course, we (he and Klopp) have a good relationship since I came here,’ he said. 

‘We’ve worked together for five years and we’ve achieved a lot of things for the club. Of course, it’s great to see him extend his contract with the club. 

‘It’s good for everyone, for the club and the players, and let’s see what happens next.’ 

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