Mohamed Salah was left visibly frustrated when James Milner refused to let him take Liverpool’s late penalty in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat of Cardiff.
The Reds won in Wales to move back to the top of the Premier League table, having been knocked off first by Manchester City the previous day.
Cardiff did well to get to half-time with the match still tied, and Neil Warnock’s side even had chances of their own to take an unexpected lead.
However, as soon as Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring from a well-worked corner it was clear Jurgen Klopp’s side would go on to pick up all three points.
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The result was secured nine minutes from time, when Milner fired past Neil Etheridge from the penalty spot after Salah was fouled in the area by Sean Morrison.
Milner is one of the most reliable penalty takers in the entire division, so it is no surprise he took responsibility for the spot kick.
Nonetheless, Milner’s decision to take the ball off Salah caused quite a bit of controversy.
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Salah is himself a pretty dependable finisher from the spot (he’s missed just one of six attempts for Liverpool), and if he had scored against Cardiff he would have moved first in the Premier League scoring charts in the race for the Golden Boot.
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And video footage from Sunday’s match showed just how frustrated Salah was when Milner came over demanding the ball to take the penalty.
Salah’s frustrations are understandable, but he cannot complain; Milner is Klopp’s designated penalty taker, and Liverpool’s win was not guaranteed at the time of the spot kick as they had only a one-goal lead.
Given just how close the title race is, every result is important for the Reds, and Salah should put the team’s needs ahead of his own.
Nonetheless, it’s good to see Salah remains hungry for goals, and Liverpool fans will be hoping he gets the chance to hit the back of the net before the end of the season, as the Anfield outfit chase their first league championship in 29 years.