Mohamed Salah sums up Ballon d'Or farce with reaction after Liverpool's derby triumph

Mohamed Salah was at his world-beating best with a cooly-taken double as Liverpool hit four past Everton in the Premier League to claim Merseyside derby delight

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Mohamed Salah had the perfect reaction to a question about his lowly Ballon d’Or rank after he produced yet another world-class performance for Liverpool.

The prolific forward, 29, was at the double as the Reds thrashed Everton 4-1 in Wednesday night’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

Salah slotted past Jordan Pickford with sublime finishes either side of half-time to take his tally to 19 goals in 19 games this season.

The Egyptian also has seven assists to his name and many Premier League fans believe he is the greatest player in the world based on current form.

However, he only finished seventh in the 2021 Ballon d’Or during a ceremony in Paris earlier this week, with Jorginho, N’Golo Kante and Cristiano Ronaldo among those to finish ahead of him in the voting.

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Mohamed Salah burst out laughing during his post-match interview


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Jurgen Klopp could not hide his “surprise” at this ranking as he spoke ahead of the trip to Everton, and Salah clearly shares his manager’s bemusement.

The man of the match was quizzed on his seventh-placed finish during a post-match interview with Amazon Prime Video and simply burst out laughing before saying: “I have no comment!”

Salah is second only to Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski in the scoring charts for Europe’s top five leagues, but he insists his priority is lifting trophies with his team rather than collecting individual honours.

Asked what his goal target is for the season, he told BBC Sport : “Hopefully many more. My first target is to win something at the club – league, Champions League hopefully both.”

Liverpool drew 2-2 away at Everton last campaign before losing 2-0 at home to their local rivals when their defensive injury crisis was at its worst.

Salah is pleased the hugely-challenging spell is firmly behind the club and he believes they are poised to rival Chelsea and Manchester City in this season’s compelling title race.

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Quizzed on the roots of Liverpool’s great form, he responded: “I think we know each other more now, we have been together for five or six years.

“Last season, we had a few injuries. The season before we were playing really well and won some titles together. I think we know each other very well and we try to help each other to score more goals and win more games.”

Up next for Klopp’s side is a trip to Wolves on Saturday before they travel to AC Milan in the Champions League having already secured last-16 qualification.

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