Ex-Liverpool forward Emile Heskey believes Diogo Jota may soon find himself getting frustrated with his new teammate Mohamed Salah due to the Egyptian’s selfish nature on the pitch.

Jota enjoyed a dream Anfield debut after he came off the bench to score the winner in the 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Monday.

But he also got a sense of what could be to come when just moments before his goal Salah took the ball off him to deny him a potentially goalscoring opportunity in order to try to score himself.

Pundit Gary Neville criticised Salah’s greed at full-time, but speaking to Sky Sports, Heskey stated his belief that the forward will not change his game.


“I think we all know with Mo, he is always chasing that Golden Boot, he is always wanting to score,” Heskey said.

“There are times as an unselfish striker where you’re looking at him and saying ‘why didn’t you pass that ball?’ But this is what you get from top goalscorers, from people that are going to score you 20-25 goals a season.

“They have this relentless drive where they want to take every opportunity, they want to score every chance. They want to take goals off you and you don’t want to take that relentless streak away from them because that’s what makes them.

“That’s what has made him into the winger and the goalscorer that he is. I think he has to keep going and doing what he’s doing.”


Speaking about Jota’s reaction to his Salah moment of selfishness, Jota added: “You’re not going to be happy with that, you are going to be talking to him at half-time or at the end of the game.

“But this is something you have to get over on the pitch, you can’t dwell on these things because you have still got a game to play.

“After the game you have got to sit down and discuss these things. That little spat they had with Mane as well last season, they get over it. You shake hands and you move on.”