Mohamed Salah trolled by Liverpool team-mate over Puskas Award

Salah won the Puskas award (Picture: Getty)Mohamed Salah controversially won the the Puskas award at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 on Monday night, and endured a cheeky dig from his Liverpool team-mate James Milner.

The Egypt international somehow landed the prize for the best goal of last season, despite Gareth Bale scoring one of the greatest Champions League goals of all time in the final.

The award was opened up to a fan vote, which clearly worked in Salah’s favour, and his goal against Everton was named as the best goal over the past 12 months.

Many were utterly stunned by the decision and Liverpool midfielder Milner joked that Salah had picked up the gong with only his seventh best goal of the season.

He posted on Twitter: ‘Congrats @MoSalah on your 7th best goal from last season winning goal of the year 😜 #Baller #Topbin #oneofmanyworldies.’

Others failed to see the funny side, with former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason claiming the award lacked ‘credibility’.

He wrote: ‘#puskasaward has lost a lot of credibility for me tonight!

‘Not even the best Premier League goal of the season from Salah….

‘How was this [Bale’s overhead kick] overlooked? Arguably one of the best ever CL goals.’

Salah was delighted to pick up the award, despite the controversy.

‘Good evening everyone. Nothing much to say about that but I’m very happy and very proud,’ Salah said after winning the Puskas award.

‘I have to thank everyone who voted for me. Looking forward for another award tonight!’

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Luka Modric wins the Best FIFA Men’s Player award as Fifpro World XI is named

Luka Modric beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah to the prize (Picture: Getty)Luka Modric came away with the Best FIFA Men’s Player award after a standout year with Real Madrid and Croatia.

The midfielder was in a three-way battle with Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah for the prize at a star-studded event in London on Monday evening.

Modric lifted the Champions League trophy with Madrid at the end of May before captaining Croatia at the World Cup in Russia where they finished runners-up behind France.

The nominees were voted for by national team coaches (25%), national team captains (25%), select media representatives (25%) and an online vote (25%).

After receiving the award, Modric said: ‘I would like to congratulate Mohamed and Cristiano for the great seasons they had.

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‘This is not just mine it’s for all my Madrid team-mates, all my Croatian team-mates and all coaches the I’ve played for – without them this would not be possible.

‘This is also for my family and without them I would not be the player and person I am. They are the best.

‘Thanks to my fans all over the world for great support and love they are showing me. It means a lot to me and I would like to thank those who voted for me.’

All the winners at the Best FIFA Awards 2018

FIFA Puskas Goal of the Year

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) vs Everton

Coach of the Year

Didier Deschamps (France)

Goalkeeper of the Year

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea/Real Madrid/Belgium)

Best Women’s Coach

Reynald Pedros (Lyon)

FIFA Fan Award

Peru fans

Fair Play Award

Lennart Thy

Best Women’s Award

Marta (Orlando Pride/Brazil)

Best Men’s Award

Luka Modric (Real Madrid/Croatia)

Modric was also selected in the Fifpro World XI and was joined by Premier League stars David De Gea, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard.

Fifpro World XI

De Gea

Alves – Varane – Ramos – Marcelo

Modric – Kante

Hazard – Messi – Mbappe

Ronaldo

Mohamed Salah won the Puskas award for his goal against Everton (Picture: Getty)Salah lifted the Puskas award for the best goal of the last 12 months after his stunning effort for Liverpool against arch-rivals Everton.

‘Nothing much to say about that but I’m very happy and very proud,’ the Egyptian said after winning the Puskas award.

‘I have to thank everyone who voted for me. Looking forward for another award tonight!’

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Liverpool fans react as Mohamed Salah wins FIFA Puskas Award for best goal

Mohamed Salah’s goal against Everton was deemed the best of the last 12 months (Picture: Getty)Liverpool supporters were stunned as Mohamed Salah came away with the Puskas prize at the Best FIFA Football Awards 2018.

Many assumed Gareth Bale would walk away with the award after his stunning overhead kick for Real Madrid against Liverpool, arguably the greatest goal in Champions League history.

Salah was forced off in the 30th minute in Kiev after being hauled to the ground by Sergio Ramos which saw him miss the start of the World Cup. But at least the Egyptian phenomenon had something to smile about on Monday night.

The forward’s wonder goal for Liverpool against arch-rivals Everton was considered the best of the last 12 months.

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‘Good evening everyone. Nothing much to say about that but I’m very happy and very proud,’ Salah said after winning the Puskas award.

‘I have to thank everyone who voted for me. Looking forward for another award tonight!’

Here’s how Liverpool fans reacted to Salah coming away with the prize…

@LFC https://t.co/6sKzqLhiHz— Bret Sutherland (@bretsutherland) September 24, 2018

Don’t get me wrong, I’m delighted that Salah has won for his goal against the Ev. But surely the 1st goal against Roma is twice the goal?! #LFC
— Blood Red Kop (@BloodRedKop) September 24, 2018

Cannot believe Mo won goal of the season over that unbelievable goal by Bale but who cares 😂😂 Mo Salah the #egyptianking #lfc
— Dave Abraham (@gaffer1968) September 24, 2018

Eden Hazard wants Mohamed Salah to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player award (Picture: Getty)Salah is also in a three-way battle with Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard revealed that he was hoping for his good pal Salah to triumph.

‘I voted for Luka Modric, but Mo Salah is my friend so I would like him to win,’ the Belgian admitted on the red carpet.

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Eden Hazard reveals who he voted for to win Best FIFA Men’s Player award

Eden Hazard voted for Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric (Picture: Getty)Eden Hazard has revealed that he voted for Real Madrid and Croatia superstar Luka Modric to win the Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

While Chelsea winger Hazard is in the running to be named in the Fifpro World XI, the main individual prize on Monday night is a three-way battle between Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah.

It’s the first time since 2006 that Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has not been among the candidates for FIFA’s top award after a mixed 12 months for the iconic Argentine.

The nominees are voted for by national team coaches (25%), national team captains (25%), select media representatives (25%) and via an online vote (25%).

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Modric is arguably in pole position for the main award after winning the Golden Ball at this summer’s World Cup in Russia where Croatia finished runners-up.

Asked who he wants to win, Hazard revealed: ‘I voted for Luka Modric, but Mo Salah is my friend so I would like him to win.’

Luka Modric won the Golden Ball at the 2018 World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Premier League stars on 55-man shortlist for Fifpro World XI

David de Gea (Man Utd), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Yerry Mina (Everton), Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool), Kevin de Bruyne (Man City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Harry Kane, (Spurs), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Nemanja Matic (Man Utd), Paul Pogba (Man Utd), David Silva (Man City), Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Kieran Trippier (Spurs) Kyle Walker (Man City)

Modric believes he had the standout year of his career, winning the Champions League with Madrid and captaining Croatia to the final of the World Cup.

‘It was the best season of my life, I’m very happy to be here tonight,’ Modric said on the red carpet.

Luka Modric had a huge 12 months for club and country (Picture: Getty)Dejan Lovren believes that international team-mate Modric would get more recognition if he played for Spain or Germany.

‘It is a real pleasure to play with Luka Modric, who is one of the best players in the world right now,’ the Liverpool defender said back in June.

‘Modric would probably be getting more attention than he is right now if he was a German or Spanish player. He would maybe even be a Ballon d’Or winner.

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‘But because we are a smaller country, he does get less attention than he deserves.

‘We are all football lovers and we know Modric is an incredible player.’

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Jurgen Klopp hits out at Mohamed Salah critics after water bottle incident v PSG

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (Picture: Getty)Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has leaped to the defence of Mohamed Salah after his subdued start to the new season.

Egyptian sensation Salah scored a staggering 44 goals in 52 appearances for the Reds last term following his summer move from Roma.

Salah’s performances helped Liverpool reach the Champions League final, where he suffered a serious shoulder injury as Real Madrid came out on top.

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The 26-year-old scored in Liverpool’s opening game of the season against West Ham – and again two weeks later against Brighton – but has failed to hit the target in his last three appearances.

Klopp opted to take Salah off during the Champions League clash with PSG on Tuesday and the Egyptian was seen throwing a water bottle to the ground after Roberto Firmino’s late winner.

‘Of course everybody expects [the same Mo Salah as last year],’ Klopp said at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

Salah has had a subdued start to the new season (Picture: Getty)‘But we don’t. What did he get [in his first six games] last season? Three. And two in six this season? Wow, that’s a crisis.

‘He needed time last year, like we all needed time. And he will take time this season as well.’

Klopp added: ‘On a defensive side, his last two games were outstanding. He’s ready to work for the team in these moments.

‘He’s still a threat in offensive situations. Finishing is something you can never take for granted.’

Klopp will oversee his 600th competitive match as a manager when Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield on Saturday.

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Asked about the milestone, Klopp said: ‘600? That’s a lot. That’s a nice number. I have no clue where I played game 500. Wow.

‘What drives me? I only see the difference when I look at the mirror. Inside nothing has changed.

‘There are a lot of better managers than me out there but that hasn’t stopped me from doing my best.’

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Jurgen Klopp hints he is ready to pick new-look Liverpool strike force

Daniel Sturridge scored on his return to the Liverpool starting line-up against PSG (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp is confident Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino have the ability to play alongside each other in what would represent a new-look Liverpool attack.

The injury-plagued England international, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, returned to the starting line-up in midweek and rewarded his manager’s faith with the opening goal in a dramatic 3-2 win over PSG.

Sturridge lasted 70 minutes and was replaced by eventual matchwinner Firmino who had been nursing the eye injury he picked up following a collision with Jan Vertonghen a week ago.

Roberto Firmino scored the dramatic late winner against PSG (Picture: Getty)

Roberto Firmino wore protective goggles during training on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Klopp confirmed the Brazilian, who wore protective goggles during Thursday’s training session, is fully fit but would harbour no concerns over pairing him alongside Sturridge.

‘Yes, he’s ready. Why should I think that about Bobby? Did I speak a lot about line-ups in the past? I don’t think so,’ Klopp said ahead of Saturday’s match against Southampton at Anfield.

‘The impact Daniel had [against PSG] was only positive. Intense game, it was all good, fantastic game.

‘Could they play together [alongside Firmino]? Yes, of course.

‘Sturridge had minutes before that and trained well and had the rhythm and did well”

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Mohamed Salah still struggling with injury caused by Sergio Ramos, claims Martin Keown

Mohamed Salah was substituted during Liverpool’s win over PSG in midweek (Picture: Getty)Martin Keown believes Mohamed Salah has been forced to compromise his playing style as a result of the injury he suffered in May’s Champions League final.

The Liverpool forward damaged his shoulder after he was hauled to the ground by Sergio Ramos during the first half in Kiev.

Salah recovered in time to play for Egypt at the World Cup and has started all six of Liverpool’s matches this season, but is yet to rediscover his record breaking form of last season.

The former Roma winger was substituted shortly after his error led to PSG’s equaliser at Anfield on Tuesday and Keown believes Salah has not yet fully recovered from his injury.

Keown told the Daily Mail: ‘Has Salah been the same since his shoulder was dislocated by Sergio Ramos?

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‘Ever since he has seemed to be playing within himself. He lost possession 21 times against Paris Saint-Germain and it was his mistake that led to their equaliser.

‘He looks particularly reluctant to use his physicality to protect the ball. Daniel Sturridge was far more effective in that regard, losing possession just seven times.

‘Is Salah concerned about picking up another injury?

‘Liverpool’s main man may not be firing on all cylinders but his team-mates seem to have raised their game by an extra 10 per cent to compensate.

‘The fact they have still won their first six games of the season will strike fear into their rivals.’

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Mohamed Salah was celebrating when he threw water bottle, says Rio Ferdinand

Salah had a good game but made a key error (Picture: Getty)Rio Ferdinand believes Mohamed Salah was celebrating when he chucked his water bottle on the ground moments after Roberto Firminos’ matchwinner against Paris Saint-Germain.

Salah was hooked late on against PSG after his mistake led to their equaliser, and watched from the bench as Firmino stepped up to rescue a dramatic victory for Liverpool.

Firmino came off the bench to score the winner, and as Anfield erupted in celebration, Salah was caught by cameras throwing his water bottle.

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It was an odd reaction, one that may hint at frustration, but Ferdinand insisted it was not what it seemed.

‘I hope so,’ Ferdinand said when asked if Salah was celebrating.

‘I think you have to [look at] the way this team is, the bond they have out there on the pitch.

Salah gave the ball away before PSG’s equaliser (Picture: Reuters)‘I think Salah’s celebrating in his own way. His hands were up at the beginning of that. The first picture [shows] his hands were up [celebrating].’

Liverpool hero John Arne Riise was also in studio and backed Ferdinand’s verdict.

‘I think he’s happy,’ Riise said, when asked to weigh in on the debate about Salah’s mood.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner put Liverpool in control against PSG, before Thomas Meunier gave the visitors a lifeline just before half-time.

Salah had a goal disallowed in the second half for a foul on the goalkeeper, and the Reds were then guilty of switching off in the final stages.

A sloppy pass from Salah in the middle of the pitch allowed Neymar to break before Kylian Mbappe finished past Alisson to make it 2-2.

It seemed like the spoils would be shared at Anfield, before Firmino came on to grab a 91st minute winner and ensure Liverpool’s European campaign started off with a win.

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Mohamed Salah throws water bottle after Roberto Firmino scores late winner for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah was substituted shortly before Liverpool’s late winner (Picture: BT Sport)Mohamed Salah threw a water bottle to the floor just moments after Roberto Firmino fired a dramatic late winning goal against Paris Saint-Germain.

First half goals from Daniel Sturridge and James Milner put last season’s beaten Champions League finalists in a deservedly commanding position, but Thomas Meunier’s smartly taken volley five minutes before the break changed the complexion of the Group C match.

Liverpool dominated the second period but were unable to extend their advantage and looked destined to drop two costly points when Salah needlessly conceded possession with seven minutes remaining, allowing Neymar to provide Kylian Mbappe with an opportunity to level game.

Jurgen Klopp congratulated Roberto Firmino after his late winning goal (Picture: REX)

Mohamed Salah endured a frustrating night for Liverpool against PSG (Picture: Getty)Salah was taken off shortly afterwards and was watching from the subsitutes’ bench when Firmino, rested on account of the eye injury he picked up in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Tottenham, fired the home team back in front with the last meaningful kick of the contest.

The Brazilian’s goal, his third in as many matches, sparked wild scenes inside Anfield with Jurgen Klopp typically animated.

Behind the German, however, lurked Salah who could be seen hurling his drink to the turf.

After his record breaking first season at Liverpool, the former Roma winger has already scored twice this term but drawn a blank in four of his six games so far.

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How Liverpool could line up without Roberto Firmino against PSG in the Champions League

The Brazilian is a doubt for Tuesday night’s clash at Anfield (Picture: PA Wire)Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will make a late decision on whether Roberto Firmino is fit enough to start against PSG on Tuesday evening after suffering an eye injury in the weekend win over Tottenham.

The Brazilian was sent to hospital for tests, which showed an abrasion but no lasting damage, though Klopp admitted in his pre-match press conference that he was unsure if Firmino would be able to play against the French champions.

Firmino has been a crucial part of Liverpool’s ferociousness in attack and will leave a big void if he is absent, but Klopp has several options to choose from…

LIKE-FOR-LIKE SWAP WITH STURRIDGE

With Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi carrying knocks, Liverpool only have one fit striker to replace Firmino: Daniel Sturridge. The forward has looked useful in his cameos so far this season, and Klopp is supremely confident he will be ready to face PSG.

Sturridge’s link play is often undervalued, and while he is not as adept at dropping deep as Firmino, he will still allow Liverpool to stick with the same 4-3-3 system that has worked so well, also allowing Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to break forward.

SALAH THROUGH THE MIDDLE

Rather than bring in Sturridge, Klopp could instead opt to play Xherdan Shaqiri on the right wing and move Salah more central; the Egyptian often drifts through the middle in matches, with Firmino moving wide to cover.

However, a front three of Salah, Mane and Shaqiri could lack some of the work rate and pressing that is so characteristic of Liverpool’s play under Klopp, and allow PSG greater control than the German coach would ideally like.

MIDFIELD DIAMOND

Another potential, though somewhat unlikely, option for Klopp would be not to replace Firmino with another attacker at all, and instead add another midfielder to replicate the Brazilian’s link play, work rate and hard pressing.

A four-man diamond midfield could stifle and overwhelm PSG in the middle of the pitch and grant Mane and Salah a degree of freedom going forward, though there would be huge demands placed on the full-backs to provide width.

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