Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Salah would trade Golden Boot for Champions League

Salah would trade Golden Boot for Champions League

The Reds' final four league games come against West Brom, Stoke, Chelsea and Brighton.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, who now leads the race for the Golden Boot, expressed his disbelief over the decision on Twitter - as did a number of other footballers including Virgil van Dijk and Jamie Vardy.

Asked whether he would prefer to win the Champions League or an individual honour like the golden boot, Salah replied: "If you had a choice between the Champions League and (individual honours like the golden boot) then of course the Champions League".

The England worldwide striker appealed to the Premier League after the goal was initially awarded to Spurs team-mate Christian Eriksen, though the decision was overturned by the league's Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel.

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Kane is five behind Salah, who struck his 30th Premier League goal in Liverpool 3-0 win against Bournemouth at the weekend.

He added: "Of course (the Golden Boot) is in my mind". To win the Champions League is huge for everyone.

"I don't care who scored the goal, I care about the three points".

"But you know, you can see [against Bournemouth] with the team everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me".

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Tottenham fans took to Twitter to criticise Harry Kane for his performance, or lack thereof, against Manchester City on Saturday.

"I wouldn't put it past him to catch Salah", Alli said after Saturday's loss at Wembley Stadium.

Salah is just the third player in Liverpool's history to score 40 goals in a season, joining Roger Hunt and Ian Rush, and the latter's club record of 47 is the next feat in his sights. "He's a big player for us, so hopefully he can keep scoring".

And he also says Kane never thought he would be open to such ridicule when trying to get the goal. "But playing with him every day in training I can see how hard he works, he wants goals, he's a striker, every striker wants goals, so he has just got to ignore it and focus on himself which I am sure he will do, he is an unbelievable player and he is a great person as well. If it was me and I touched the ball I would try and claim it as well".

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