Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch has suggested strike partners often have strained relationships.
While there was widely reported tension between Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the 2018/19 season, the suspected issue quieted down until last weekend when Mane did not look especially pleased after getting subbed off in the 7-0 win over Crystal Palace.
In the said match, Mane scored one goal before Salah came on late to grab a late brace.
"Mane's face, having been substituted, was a picture. He was furious and rightly so, because when you smell blood as a striker, the last thing you want is to be taken off," he told the Daily Mail, as quoted by Soccer Laduma.
"Are he and Salah the best of friends? I doubt it. But it doesn't matter. I had strike partners who I knew never liked me. It never prevented me getting on with my job.
"Liverpool have won everything over the past two years and I would expect them to retain the Premier League, too, given the form they have hit.
"But don't kid yourself that a competition isn’t going on between Salah and Mane.
"Every forward player is selfish and these two will want to score as many goals as they possibly can — Salah, in particular, looks obsessed with his numbers right now,” concluded the Premier League legend striker.
Meanwhile, Liverpool, who lead the table with five points, will next welcome Sam Allardice’s West Brom to Anfield this weekend.