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Robbie Fowler has a great counter for the criticism of Mo Salah after Liverpool 2-1 Spurs

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Liverpool made it five wins from five with their 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday.

It was a fine performance from Jurgen Klopp's side who, on another day, could easily have scored five or six.

As it was, Georginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring for Liverpool with a header that needed goal-line technology to give it - his first away goal in the Premier League.

Roberto Firmino doubled the lead with a finish just a foot out before having to go off injured after Jan Verthongen inadvertently caught him in the eye with a flailing finger.

The Reds pushed and pushed for more goals but the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah were uncharacteristically wasteful - it was almost like the ease they cut through Spurs was leaving them complacent.

Spurs found the next goal, however, as Erik Lamela scored with a minute to go and then they somehow came out of the game hard done by after Son Heung-Min looked to have been fouled at the death by Mane.

It wasn't given, though, and Liverpool walked out winners.

After the game, criticism was aimed at Salah and Mane for throwing away so many chances by looking to score themselves - although Liverpool great Robbie Fowler believes that's harsh.

Writing in his column for the Mirror, Fowler offered a defence of Salah in particular, arguing that you can't criticise the Egyptian for his performance.

Salah and Liverpool were wasteful against Spurs but still won 2-1.

"They should have killed the game far earlier," said Fowler. "But [they] were not clinical enough.

"I’m not going to start condemning the forwards though, after such a good win.

"Yes, Salah was probably the worst culprit, and he not only missed a few chances, but also made a couple of dodgy decisions in possession.

"But he’s a goalscorer - he is used to scoring now and he wants to find the net. I know what that’s like, and I can’t criticise him for that.

Roberto Firmino made it onto the scoresheet before going off injured.

"You can’t be moaning at him when the Liverpool forward line took Spurs apart so easily."

Fowler's probably right on this one; Salah's determination to score is one of the attributes that made him so decisive last season and criticising him for it will probably be detrimental in the long run.

Instead, the game will go down as a learning experience for Liverpool - being selfish is all well and good, just make sure the game is truly settled before going all-out with it.

Robbie Fowler
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