Many Liverpool supporters have been reacting with bemusement after it was announced that Mohamed Salah’s goal against Everton had won the 2018 Puskas Award on Monday night.
The Egypt international beat out the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to the prize, in a decision that seemed to surprise many.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 24, 2018
Some Liverpool supporters are obviously happy to see one of their players recognised, but many feel that the strike against Everton wasn’t even Salah’s best goal last season – let alone the best goal full stop.
Live 4 Liverpool has rounded up some of the best tweets below.
Ngl I don’t agree with the decision at all but I’ll take it
— Shlapp (@ShlappLFC) September 24, 2018
I am a liverpool fan but I am 100 % sure that wasn't the best goal, not even the top 3.
— A N I S H K A S H Y A P (@BadassBawa) September 24, 2018
Really?!???? not even his best last season…
— Aaron (@LFCAaron_) September 24, 2018
His goal against Rome was better pic.twitter.com/Yqqh9vAfmB
— brilliant.red ???? (@red_brilliant) September 24, 2018
Hahaha, that is a disgrace. Wasn’t even the best goal he scored at the Anfield Road End last season
— Conor Cronin (@conorcronin14) September 24, 2018
Crazy, wasn’t even his best goal last season. #compromise
— Kris Leonard (@Kay_Leno) September 24, 2018
His goal against Porto is much better.
— Andreas JJ Simamora (@andligator) September 25, 2018
The spurs 1 was miles better as was Porto away
— ?M?ddo31_Richard.LFC???????????? (@Richard_mad31) September 24, 2018
You can see where the Liverpool supporters are coming from here. The 5’7″ Salah [Source: Transfermarkt] scored many great goals last season. Of course, this strike against Everton was a masterpiece – and the fact it came against Liverpool’s great rivals made it even sweeter. However, there is no way that this strike was better than Gareth Bale’s stunning overhead kick in the Champions League final or Cristiano Ronaldo’s equally sumptuous effort against Juventus earlier in the competition. Sarah scored a great goal, but those two achieved out of this world brilliance. The award was decided by votes, though, so it was essentially a popularity contest. It’s good to see the Liverpool fans retain a measure of perspective, however. They know that Salah’s goal wasn’t the best and they are able to admit it. It doesn’t mean they don’t support him, merely that they have their heads screwed on right. How refreshing.