Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hit back at accusations that Mohamed Salah has become "selfish" in front of goal.
Salah has come under-fire at times this season for his determination to focus on going for goal rather than feeding team-mates in better positions.
He was involved with a spat with Sadio Mane after taking on a shot rather than threading in his Senegalese team-mate earlier in the season.
But Klopp insists Salah was "never selfish" as he heaped praise on the forward following a 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday to move 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
"People were talking about Mo Salah," Klopp said. "Mo was never selfish, or more selfish than he should be.
"A striker in the right position... we have seen goals from Mo where he scores in between four players and finds the roof of the goal. Then when you do not score people say you should have passed here or there.
"Life is not that easy. On Saturday he was very unselfish and he got the balls (passes) back, so he could score. Offensively - all around - it was really tough game. I was not angry at half-time, thinking, ‘how can it be we struggle against Southampton?’
“They have a super set-up and if we had some problems other teams would have a lot of problems because what they do now is pretty special.”
Klopp also reserved praise for Roberto Firmino, contrastingly known as the ultimate selfless player in the Reds front three, after his hat-trick of assists.
"How he uses the skills of his mates is special. I do not know a player like him, that is true," Klopp said.
"A selfless number nine? Yes but surprisingly he had to catch up assist-wise with the other boys. Until Saturday I think he was behind the other boys and now he has more.
"The good thing is he never stops being greedy to score himself in the right moment, or to pass to the guy in a better position."