Liverpool’s Salah battles Messi and De Bruyne for Champions League prize
Posted On March 18, 2021
The Egyptian international’s effort against the Red Bulls will rival that of stars Barcelona and Manchester City for individual distinction.
Mohamed Salah’s strike for Liverpool in their 2-0 loss to RB Leipzig in their Champions League round of 16 second leg has been nominated for the goal of the week award.
The Egypt international who has been in good form for the Reds this season found the net as Jurgen Klopp’s men silenced the Red Bulls to advance in the competition.
With scores still scoreless at Anfield, the two-time African Player of the Year showed clinical advantage to find the lower right corner of goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi’s goal with his left-footed effort thanks to an assist from Diogo Jota .
Thanks to this effort, the former AS Roma and Chelsea player increased his goal tally to 25 in the 2020-2021 season, scoring the most in all competitions among Premier League stars.
The challenge for this individual accolade are Lionel Messi of Barcelona, Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City and Luis Muriel of Atalanta.
Against Borussia Monchengladbach, De Bruyne – after receiving a pass from Riyad Mahrez on the edge of the box – pierced a beauty in front of Yann Sommer as Pep Guardiola’s side silenced the German club at the Etihad Stadium.
As Real Madrid led Atalanta 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu, Muriel managed a nice free kick past Thibaut Courtois to reduce his Italian side’s deficit, although they collapsed from the tournament 4-1 on aggregate.
The last contender is Messi, as his beautiful strike allowed Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to settle their case 1-1 in an empty Parc des Princes. Kylian Mbappe had given the lead to the France team at the half hour before the Argentinian settled things seven minutes later.
The Blaugrana skipper took possession from 30 meters, but with time and space he gave an incredible effort in the upper left corner of goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
The player with the most votes will go home with individual honor.