Liverpool Star Rejects Man of the Match Award

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Mohamed Salah showed his humble side after scoring a brilliant hat-trick for Liverpool – and then refusing the man of the match award.

The Egyptian forward led his team to a 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten Premier League record.

But when offered the award after the match, Salah flat out refused to accept it, and gave it to James Milner instead.

SkySports Greg Whelan was interviewing the pair post-match when he handed the award to Milner to give to Salah.

But Salah pushed it back and said: “No. 500 games. I have to congratulate him (Milner) for his amazing career.

“He deserved it today and 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 was making his 500th Premier League appearance of his career, and did so in the unfamiliar position of right-back.

Liverpool
Mohamed Salah

The 33-year-old has played for several football clubs in the top flight, including Manchester City, Leeds, Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Salah opened the scoring for the Reds with a dubious offside goal, when he finished off after Roberto Firmino’s shot was parried by Asmir Begovic.

He added a second immediately after half-time, latching onto Firmino’s pass before taking on Nathan Ake and firing into the bottom corner.

Steve Cook scored an own goal for the Reds third, before Salah twice rounded Begovic and toyed with the Bournemouth defence before completing his hat-trick.

The win moved Liverpool top of the league ahead of Manchester City, who play later on Saturday.

Salah said: “My expectations is very high.

“Everyone else expectations of me are high. But the most important thing is that we are top of the table.”

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James Milner

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