Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is a glaring omission from the shortlist for a place in FIFA’s World XI.
What’s the story regarding Salah?
The Egyptian has been in breathtaking form during 2021 but has remarkably not made the cut for a place among the best in the world.
Salah finished seventh in the Ballon d’Or running last month – much to the dismay of Liverpool supporters.
No fewer than 10 players from the Premier League have been named in the 23-man squad. The list will be trimmed to a ‘World XI’ at The Best FIFA Football Awards later this month.
Chelsea have four players nominated. Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City each have two players apiece in contention.
Alisson Becker and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the Anfield contingent in the mix for a place; although Salah’s omission is a much bigger talking point.
How good has Salah been for Liverpool in 2021?
It’s fair to say that amid an injury crisis last season, Salah single-handedly ensured Liverpool claimed a Champions League berth.
He has scored 36 goals for Liverpool during the calendar year and his form down the right in Jurgen Klopp’s team has been mesmerising.
Salah has gone about his business emphatically and the fact he’s not been selected is frankly ridiculous.
Why hasn’t Salah been nominated?
Honestly, the FIFA Awards have lost their spark and Salah shouldn’t take this to heart.
The squad is compiled by player votes, making the selection nothing more than a popularity contest.
If Liverpool fans need any help in seeing how ridiculous the whole ‘Best XI’ is, they should look no further than the fact that Barcelona have four players up for selection.
The Nou Camp giants have been dreadful in 2021 and furthermore, Dani Alves has made the 23-man squad.
A three-time Champions League League winner, Alves has made just 21 appearances all year and is yet to make his second debut for Barcelona.
Salah can count himself absolutely robbed!