Mohamed Salah slams VAR & confirms his role in the Liverpool XI before Arsenal

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah on VAR

CNN have broadcasted a brand new interview with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah this week.

Following last weekend’s dramatic finish to the Man City vs Tottenham match, Salah was asked about his thoughts on VAR.

The Liverpool attacker revealed that he’s not a fan of VAR, though he expects to profit from the video assistant referees:

I don’t like it.. that’s my answer, always. I don’t like it, I love football how it is.

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.

When asked about how VAR could impact his own game, Salah said: “More penalties for me, you will see that.”

What is Mohamed Salah’s role in the Liverpool XI?

Last season, Salah was the joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with 22 goals.

So far this campaign, Salah has one goal in two league matches.


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However, when discussing his role in the Liverpool setup, Salah claimed that scoring goals isn’t his focus:

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.

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 nine 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.

Watch Salah’s interview with CNN

Liverpool vs Arsenal

This weekend it’s first versus second in the Premier League.

Liverpool take on Arsenal in a battle of the last two clubs with a 100% record in the division.

Last season, Liverpool beat the Gunners 5-1 at Anfield.

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