Salah gives his man-of-the-match award to Milner to commemorate 500th game
Posted On March 22, 2019
The Egyptian was undoubtedly the difference-maker at Dean Court, but showed real class off the pitch as well as he gifted his award to his team-mate
Mohamed Salah, fresh off the back of scoring a hat-trick against Bournemouth, gave his man-of-the-match award to James Milner to commemorate his 500th Premier League appearance.
Milner was named as the Reds’ right-back for the clash at Dean Court, with Jurgen Klopp having chosen to bench his only fit orthodox right-back in Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match-up with Napoli at Anfield.
Klopp said before the match that he was confident the utility man would cope in an unfamiliar role, going so far as to say Milner would have played in goal if it meant getting to 500 games.
As the German boss predicted, however, Milner deputised ably in Alexander-Arnold’s absence and became the second youngest player to hit the 500-game milestone, just over 100 days later than Gareth Barry.
And it wasn’t just Milner who was singled out for praise, with Salah having bagged three goals to take him – since the start of last season – within just one strike of Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Indeed, his opener was his 40th goal in his 52nd league appearance for Liverpool, the fastest a player has ever reached that milestone in a Reds shirt.
Still, the Egyptian refused to take his man of the match award whilst being interviewed alongside Milner after the match, telling Sky Sports: “No, no. Five hundred games. I have to congratulate [Milner] on 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 no, I won’t take it.”
Liverpool, currently enjoying their best start to a domestic season having accrued 42 points from their opening 16 games, moved top of the Premier League with the victory, one point ahead of Manchester City who face Chelsea later on Saturday.
Next up for Klopp’s Reds is Napoli’s visit to Anfield, with a win required for the hosts if they are to have any hope of making it to the knock-out rounds of the Champions League.