Diogo Jota has ‘got to sit down’ with Mohamed Salah after Liverpool debut

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey believes Diogo Jota will need to have a word with Mohamed Salah after an awkward moment in the game against Arsenal on Monday. Salah has established himself as one of the world’s most lethal goalscorers during his time at Liverpool.

He’s made no secret of his desire to go after the Premier League Golden Boot having won it on two occasions previously.

And the Egypt international got off to the perfect start this season with a hat-trick against Leeds.

He was goalless in the win over Chelsea and clearly grew agitated in the recent game against Arsenal as he failed to get on the scoresheet.

Sadio Mane impressed in the match, but he was substituted over Salah midway through the second half for Jota to make his debut.

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And the new summer signing looked lively immediately after his introduction.

The 23-year-old hit the side-netting soon after coming on but it was his second opportunity which angered some Liverpool fans.

Jota looked to have the perfect chance to open his account when the ball dropped to him inside the box, only for Salah to steal it away from him with the chance going begging.

The former Wolves star did eventually get his goal soon after with a fine finish from outside the box.


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Heskey claims Salah’s antics are what make him such a goalscoring threat, but he believes Jota will want a word with his team-mate.

“You’re not going to be happy with that, you are going to be talking to him at half-time or at the end of the game,” Heskey told Sky Sports.

“But this is something you have to get over on the pitch, you can’t dwell on these things because you have still got a game to play.

“After the game you have got to sit down and discuss these things. That little spat they had with Mane as well last season, they get over it. You shake hands and you move on.”

He added: “I think we all know with Mo, he is always chasing that Golden Boot, he is always wanting to score.

“There are times as an unselfish striker where you’re looking at him and saying ‘why didn’t you pass that ball?’ But this is what you get from top goalscorers, from people that are going to score you 20-25 goals a season.

“They have this relentless drive where they want to take every opportunity, they want to score every chance.

“They want to take goals off you and you don’t want to take that relentless streak away from them because that’s what makes them.

“That’s what has made him into the winger and the goalscorer that he is. I think he has to keep going and doing what he’s doing.”

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