Liverpool star Mo Salah refuses MOTM award against Bournemouth… here’s why | Football | Sport
Liverpool surged to the Premier League’s summit after running riot at the Vitality Stadium.
Salah stole the show with a hat-trick which evoked memories of his swashbuckling campaign last season, in which he notched 32 goals.
The Egyptian has copped some stick for managing to repeat those heights this season, but the striker’s hat-trick now puts him joint-top of the scoring ranks with 10 goals.
After his virtuosic performance on the South Coast, Salah was awarded with the Premier League Man of the Match award in his post-match interview.
The Sky Sports reporter asked James Milner to pass on the gong, but Salah refused to take it off his team-mate.
Milner played at right-back in his 500th top-flight game, and Salah insisted that the versatile Englishman took him the award.
“Five hundred games,” Salah said, shaking his head and refusing the award.
“I have to congratulate him for his amazing career.
“He deserves it today. He’s had an amazing career, so I hope we’re going to win something this season together.
“But I will not take it!”
Milner, not the flashiest of professionals, reluctantly accepted Salah’s gratuity as he walked back to the dressing room.
Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was very complimentary of his Egyptian talisman after the game, saying: “Mo Salah scores that goal [the second one] and I don’t think many do in that situation.
“The third goal was again brilliant. It is really cool and it helps of course!
“We played nice football and the players we brought on did really well.
“The whole game was brilliant from him [Salah] today – not only the goals.
“He wanted to help with runs in behind and him scoring three goals is big for him and very important for us.”