What The Athletic wrote about Mohamed Salah and why it has enraged some Liverpool fans

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Liverpool have not had the best title defence that they would have hoped for, as a dominant display to win their 19th Premier League title last season was not backed up by similar performances this season.

An injury crisis in defence, in what has been an extremely tough season to play in because of the congested fixture schedule has made sure that Liverpool are well off the pace to defend their title.

Liverpool’s woes have not stopped there, as a marquee signing in Thiago failing to fire on both cylinders, and a fractured relationship between fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as reported by The Athletic.

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High maintenance Salah

Reputed football news outlet The Athletic’s recent article (requires subscription) scrutinized Liverpool’s current predicament and what could wait for them in the future.

The article particularly forayed into star player Mohamed Salah, and how he is “high maintenance” – according to The Athletic, Salah despises being substituted and his relationship with Sadio Mane is “imperfect.”

Salah has also reportedly been unhappy about the time when young Trent Alexander-Arnold held the armband for Liverpool in a Champions League game against Midjytlland this season – a game in which Salah thought he should inherit the captaincy for his seniority and experience.

Backlash against the divisive article

The Athletic’s comments on Salah in the article written by Adam Crafton, Simon Hughes and James Pearce angered a section of the ardent Liverpool support on Twitter, who called the news outlet out for being biased against the Egyptian forward and causing a rift between the African duo.

Liverpool fans have launched a valiant defence of their star player who has churned out some extraordinary numbers since joining the club in 2017 and is known for being a humble customer who wants nothing more than to do his job.

The Merseyside club’s faithful also ripped into The Athletic for their allegations of Salah being unhappy when substituted – by asking the writers if Salah is the only player to have ever been upset after being taken off.

The fans accused the news outlet of having an agenda against their stand-out performer – Salah leads the league in goals despite Liverpool’s underwhelming performances as a unit.

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By Surjit Patowary

Extremely passionate, detail-oriented when it comes to football. Obsessed with the news. Fact-checking is life!

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