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Liverpool's Salah says winning Premier League more important than top scorer award

Mohamed Mosselhi , Tuesday 20 Aug 2019
Mohamed Salah celebrates with the Golden Boot after the match, Liverpool, May 13, 2018 (Reuters)
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Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah said on Tuesday he is ready to sacrifice a third golden boot in a row for the sake of winning the Premier League title.

The Egyptian international, who has taken the Premier League by storm since joining Liverpool in the summer of 2017, finished the past two seasons as the competition's top scorers with 32 goals and 22 respectively.

"Of course I want it [The golden boot] but for me the team's profit comes first especially [winning] the Premier League," Salah told the CNN in an interview.

Liverpool are chasing their first league title since 1990, when they lifted their 18th trophy.

Salah said he prefers to play as a winger more than striker. The 27-year-old usually operates down the flank but is occasionally deployed by Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp as a striker.

"I'm not a striker, I play as a winger, so it's my job not just to score but to also assist, play with the midfield," he added.

"I play on the wing which no one recommended. For a long time I didn't play as a number nine.

"I'm comfortable with that. It's not my first job. Like, the number one his job is only to score but as a winger it's not just to score, it's to give assists ... and play with the team. I'll do a lot of things to defend."

Salah acknowledged the importance of  the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system, which is implemented in the Premier League for the first time this season, but said he is not a fan of technology in football.  

"I don't like it ... that's my answer, always. I don't like it. I love football how it is," he said.

"It's like that with the mistakes of the referee, with the aggression from the player sometimes.

"It's OK sometimes to protect the players from dangerous play. But OK, that's it, in my opinion, that could be the only reason that happened, just to protect the players.

"But for me, I accepted the football with the mistakes of the referee, mistakes of the player, I don't know, whatever. That's how the football gets more excited."

Despite being accused by many of diving last season, Salah is confident that the use of VAR will help him win more penalties.

"More penalties for me, you will see that,"He added.

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