Former footballer and Match of the Day 2 pundit, Jermaine Jenas has accused Liverpool’s prolific front three of becoming “selfish”.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have plundered 89 goals between them this season, but Jenas has bizarrely claimed that they haven’t played for each other in the past two matches.
Liverpool edged through to the Champions League final despite a 4-2 second-leg defeat to Roma and then lost 1-0 at Chelsea on their return to Premier League duty on Sunday.
“Mohamed Salah did not look that interested against Chelsea, which was odd, but I was more concerned with the way Liverpool’s entire front three played at the Stadio Olimpico,” Jenas wrote in his BBC column.
“I saw something in the second leg which I have not seen all season, which was Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane being selfish for the first time.
“Usually, when they counter-attack, all three of them are trying to find each other and the best route to goal. Yes, Salah has scored the majority, but they have been sharing the goals out, which is one of the reasons things have worked so well.
“This time, it seemed like it was suddenly every man for himself at the top end of the pitch – it was like they did not want to pass to each other anymore.
“It was almost as if they had looked at the records books about who had scored what in the Champions League and were thinking ‘I want to be the man who scores the most’
“People have been talking about this Liverpool attack as being among the best front threes we have seen in European competition, but that is on the basis of them playing together as a unit. Yes, it is just one game where that did not happen but it has happened this week, and it was followed by another game against Chelsea where they did not link up as well as usual.”
Jenas believes the Champions League final date with Real Madrid was a distraction for Jurgen Klopp’s side against Chelsea.
“I don’t think it is possible for their players to get that game out of their mind, because making it there was such a huge achievement for them,” he added.