Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah handed Golden Boot boost after Son Heung-min’s Spurs claim

Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah is battling to win the Premier League Golden Boot – and closest rival Son Heung-min insists the individual accolade is “not important”

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is just one goal ahead of Tottenham's Son Heung-min with just two Premier League fixtures left
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is just one goal ahead of Tottenham’s Son Heung-min with just two Premier League fixtures left

Son Heung-min has given Mohamed Salah a major boost in the race to win the Premier League Golden Boot.

Tottenham striker Son is Salah’s closest rival to the prize as he is one goal behind Liverpool ’s top scorer who is on 22 this season. But Son insists that he is not worried by personal accolades and would happily swap anything for the team finishing in the top four.

Tottenham have put the pressure on Arsenal by winning the north London derby and the rivalry is heating up and Son admits he is driven by that rather than finishing above Salah in the goal charts. When asked whether he was pleased his goal against Arsenal took him one closer to Salah, Son said: “It’s not important.”

Son also said he would not mind not scoring another goal just as long as Spurs finished in the top four. “Yeah. 100 per cent. Obviously it’s a good thing that you are racing to be top scorer, but I have said a few times that it is important to finish in the top four than anything else.”

Salah is desperate to win the Golden Boot with time now running out on this season but his closest rival may not be willing to stand aside but is putting his team first. Son also cleared up why he looked so angry at being substituted against Arsenal and insisted it was nothing to do with chasing down Salah.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte made it clear he wanted to save Son for Sunday’s high noon showdown with Burnley. Son, who also paid tribute to Conte, said: “I am always not happy at coming off because I want to be on the pitch because I love playing football and I want to help the team.

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Son Heung-min has outscored Tottenham colleague Harry Kane in the Premier League this season

“I can understand afterwards but at the moment you are not angry but frustrated because you are passionate on the pitch. I can understand why because we have a really quick turnaround for our next game on Sunday. I can’t promise I will score but I will do my best and I will do my best for the team and if I don’t score I will do my best.

“It would be nice but for us it is important for us to finish in the top four. Today performance-wise it was fantastic and I am very proud for the lads and well deserved. Antonio Conte has been fantastic, some of the players have already spoken about this. Before he arrived we couldn’t believe we could arrive in the Champions League spot.

“What he brought to the club was incredible, the passion, the energy, the positivity. Look, he has brought so many things. It is only 10 more days left, we have to give what we can, we have to squeeze all that we have. To be honest looking at the schedule it is madness. We are playing Thursday night and Sunday with a really early kick-off. It is a really quick turn, we need to do everything to recover, good food, good sleep, this is the more important and then get ready to go again.”

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