Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been tipped to protect Mo Salah for next season and potentially ruin his chances of winning the Premier League Golden Boot.
That is the view of former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood, after Salah scored his 19th goal of the season at Brighton.
The Egyptian foward, who has often been criticised for being too selfish, had eight efforts on goal in the 3-1 win.
The race to finish as top scorer is hotting up with Jamie Vardy leading the way on 22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has 20 and Danny Ings is fourth on the list with 18.
Salah won the battle in 2017/18, then shared it with Aubameyang and Reds teammate Sadio Mane last year.
However, with the late finish to the season, it is unclear when the 2020/21 campaign will get start. And Sherwood thinks that even though Salah is desperate for his third Golden Boot, Klopp might want to save him for the new season.
“When you watch Salah at Brighton you can see he is desperate to win the Golden Boot,” he told Premier League Productions.
“The only problem that he might have though is his manager might be looking after him for next season.
“I think if he played all of the remaining games I think he could win it.
“It wouldn’t be easy because Vardy and Aubameyang are right up there with him. But I think he would just get over the line.
“You see how desperate he is to score goals all of the time.”
Souness not impressed with ‘selfish Salah’
Speaking on Sky, Graeme Souness claimed Salah’s team-mates wouldn’t have been happy with his ‘super selfish’ display.
“He was at it tonight from the first minute,” Souness said. “I think it [the Golden Boot] is important to him.
“You’ve seen his reaction when people weren’t finding him late on in the game in the last third.
“He was shooting at every opportunity, and his teammates will not have been happy with him on two or three occasions.
“But he’s always selfish. I think tonight he was super selfish. H
e really wants his Golden Boot.
“They’ve won the league, so he’s done his bit for the team, he’s played his part. He’s got the goals, he’s been fabulous, and he wants that Golden Boot.
“And he thinks he’s in a team that creates chances, so he thinks it’s very much still on for him.”