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VIDEO: Mohamed Salah turns down MOTM award, hands it to Milner

Mohamed Salah turns down MOTM award, hands it to James Milner

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has refused to accept his Man of the Match award and instead handed it to team captain for his 500th Premier League appearance.

The Egypt international undoubtedly deserved the award after a masterclass of a performance as Liverpool beat Bournemouth 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium.

Salah managed to score a hat-trick, becoming the first Liverpool player to score an away hat-trick in the Premier League since Luis Suarez against Cardiff in March 2014.

He was interviewed after the game with James Milner, whose task was to hand over the award to Salah, but he turned it down in honour of Milner’s 500th Premier League appearance.

Speaking of Milner, Salah said: “I want to congratulate him on his amazing career, he deserves it.

“I hope we’re going to win something together this year but I will not take it [the Man of the Match award].”

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On the other hand, Milner has hailed Mohamed Salah as “unbelievable”, and revealed his delight at reaching the 500-game milestone.

“This guy [Salah] was unbelievable and gave them all sorts of problems. He took his goal really well and it was great to get another clean sheet.

“I can enjoy it [500th game] because we’ve won 4-0 but it’s more something to look back on.

“It’s a nice achievement to have but the result is the most important thing. We’ve had two tough away games this week and two really good results. We’ve got to keep our foot on the gas.

Mohamed Salah

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“The performance [gives us encouragement]. We’ve played a lot of games in quick succession and we keep getting results.

“At times we’ve played well and others not. But when you’ve players of Mo’s quality, he can win you a game on his own and he turned that game day.

“That’s the luxury we have. But the quality goes right through the squad as you can see from the changes in the last two games,” he added.

Following his hattrick, Salah moved top of the Premier League scoring charts with ten goals, level with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who will play against Huddersfield later on Saturday.

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