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Is Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wrong about Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah?

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Is Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wrong about Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah?

The Argentine has spoken about the motivation of Liverpool’s top scorer.

Much to the amusement of football fans around the country, Harry Kane finally got the reward he was after by appealing the Premier League’s decision to award a goal to Christian Eriksen against Stoke.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino was not surprised to face questions from the press on the topic, but one statement stood out from the rest as the Argentinian coach laughed off the suggestion that Kane’s desperation would motivate Mohamed Salah.

When asked, The Guardian quote Pochettino as responding to questions by saying: “If Salah needs this situation to inspire him? Come on, you make me laugh.”

Kane’s competitive nature was clearly behind the decision to appeal and Salah himself showed a hint of his desire to win the Golden Boot, tweeting his reaction to the Premier League’s decision to award the goal to the England international.

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With a four goal advantage and only six games left to play, Kane has work to do if he is to catch up.

Salah is not easing off, having only gone back to back league games without scoring once all season back in October and having scored in every game he’s played at Anfield since Boxing Day.

The only hope that Pochettino and Kane may have is that the prospect of a Champions League semi-final could see Jurgen Klopp rest his Egyptian superstar, who has struggled with a groin problem of late, to keep him fresh for Europe.

What is clear, though, is that the ex-Chelsea man has no need for added motivation, but if Kane’s appeal would have any influence on Salah it would be just the fuel he needs to keep him scoring.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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