Mo Salah “disrespect” bemuses fans after ‘Team of Season’ omission

Mohamed Salah has eclipsed the 20-goal mark in the Premier League for the third time in four seasons and yet finds himself on the periphery of Team of the Year discussions.

It’s no secret that Liverpool have not been setting the footballing world on fire this season, tainting any individual player success in the bigger picture of 2020/21.

And Salah falls into that bracket having shouldered much of the goalscoring responsibility, netting more than double than the next best in Sadio Mane (14) across all competitions.

But the Egyptian’s success is shadowed this season and on the whole, he largely remains an underappreciated talent in the Premier League, overlooked in the PFA Team of the Year in the last two campaigns after being named in 2017/18.

The No. 11 is also to miss out again if Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher’s teams of the 2020/21 Premier League season are anything to go by as they both omitted him from their XIs.

Both agreed Harry Kane and Phil Foden were to take two of the attacking spots in a 4-3-3 formation, with Neville opting for Marcus Rashford and Carragher Son Heung-min for their final spot.

“I went for Son,” Carragher explained his decision on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football. “I was thinking about Mo Salah being the top goal scorer, but Son, I was thinking about goals and assists, Son has more than Salah combined.

“Obviously Salah takes penalties, but Kane is the penalty taker, so that’s the reason for Son.”

Son has 17 league goals for Tottenham this season and 10 assists as opposed to Salah’s 20 strikes and four assists.

The greater goal contribution and the fact that Salah has scored six from the penalty spot as opposed to Son’s one formed the basis of Carragher’s position, but it remained an unpopular one among Reds:

There is certainly an argument that Salah’s record-breaking first season has tinted his further success, despite having more than proved he is no one-season wonder.

Carragher’s justification for his decision is a fair one on numbers alone and many Reds would not be opposed to seeing Son ply his trade at Anfield.

On the other hand, Salah is a player who is second in the race for the Golden Boot by only one goal and continues to set goalscoring records for Liverpool on the regular and is clear front runner for the Reds’ Player of the Season.