Mohamed Salah finished seventh in the Ballon d’Or voting but deserved a much better final placement. Both he and Andy Robertson hinted at just that after beating Everton.
I don’t think any realistic Liverpool fans expected Salah to win the trophy, as it was definitely between Robert Lewandowski and the winner Lionel Messi.
That said, it is bizarre that Jorginho finished on the podium ahead of Salah, while Karim Benzema would have also been a worthy addition to the Ballon d’Or’s top three after his goals and La Liga triumph.
Salah’s form this season is showing that, while it was too soon in 2021 to win the France Football player of the year award, he could win it in 2022 if he can maintain his form.
When he was asked after the game what he thought about finishing seventh in the voting for the Ballon d’Or, Salah just laughed and said: “No comment.”
Andy Robertson was also asked about it and he said: “I don’t think Mo is the seventh best player in the world. I’ll put it that way. He is right up there with the way he is playing.”
After another brace for Liverpool, Salah has taken his tally in the Premier League to 13. In all competitions this season, he has 19 goals and seven assists in 19 games.
If you didn’t think he was an elite attacking player before, he is now getting a goal or an assist every game on average and Karim Benzema has 17 goals and eight assists in all competitions for Real Madrid.
If Liverpool can win the Premier League or the Champions League, Salah will drastically improve his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or in 2022.