Jordan Henderson had a laugh at Harry Kane’s expense after Liverpool’s 3-0 win on Saturday, joking that Mohamed Salah would be credited with all three goals.
Tottenham striker Kane, who is in a race with Salah for the Golden Boot, has been the subject of some ridicule as the league — after Kane’s insistence — ruled that he got a touch to a ball that was originally credited to Christian Eriksen.
Salah did score one goal in the victory over Bournemouth to move five clear of Kane, but his teammate joked the Egyptian would be asking for all three.
“Yeah, he told me he’s going to claim all of them,” Henderson told BT Sport.
“He’s been brilliant, he’s been fantastic. But he’s just got to keep it going, with his work rate, his movement off the ball, how strong he is. Yeah, he’s a big player for us, so hopefully he can keep scoring for us.”
Liverpool midfielder James Milner also couldn’t resist aiming a barb at Kane, writing on Twitter after the game:
Another hat-trick for Mo today…. just waiting for the other two to be confirmed by the claims panel
Winning the Champions League with Liverpool would mean more to Mohamed Salah than any individual accolades likely to come his way.
The Premier League’s leading marksman scored for the 30th time in the division this season in Liverpool’s 3-0 over Bournemouth at Anfield to restore a five-goal cushion over Harry Kane in the race for the golden boot.
Salah was also included on the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year shortlist when that was revealed on Saturday following an incredible debut campaign with the Reds, for whom he has scored 40 times in all competitions.
Yet recognition from his peers and the chance to finish the campaign as the league’s leading scorer is all secondary for Salah when compared to the collective goal.
The 25-year-old Egyptian’s old club Roma are Liverpool’s opponents in the Champions League semifinals and Jurgen Klopp’s men could yet win the trophy for the sixth time in their history.
Asked whether he would prefer to win the Champions League or an individual honour like the golden boot, Salah replied: “If you had a choice between the Champions League and [individual honours like the golden boot] then of course the Champions League. I have no doubt; [it’s] the Champions League.
“To win the Champions League is huge for everyone. I don’t care about the rest.”
Salah’s golden boot dual with Kane took a twist last week when the Tottenham forward was successful with his claim that Christian Eriksen’s second goal against Stoke should actually be awarded to him as it brushed his shoulder.
Shortly after that decision was announced, Salah tweeted “Wooooooow really?”
When that was put to him, Salah laughed and added: “I don’t want to say anything about that!
“In the end they said it’s his [Kane’s] goal so it’s finished for me. Now we still have four games and they [Tottenham] have five games so I have to think about my games and we see.
“Of course [the golden boot] is in my mind. I cannot lie — it is in my mind. But you can see with the team everyone tries to pass the ball to me to help me.
“I am also sure that Tottenham’s players try to help Harry Kane and also Manchester City’s try to help Sergio Aguero. It’s like that, but in the end we play as a team.
“I am happy to have this feeling. You feel they want to support you and want to help you to score goals. That’s a good feeling.”
Salah is just the third player in Liverpool’s history to score 40 goals in a season, joining Roger Hunt and Ian Rush, and the latter’s club record of 47 is the next feat in his sights.
“It’s also very close, it’s just seven goals, but let’s see,” Salah said. “We have the Premier League and semifinals of the Champions League to play. I will try my best to score again and help the team.”
Bournemouth had contained Salah well until he finally scored 21 minutes from time, drifting behind Nathan Ake and heading in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross in the 3-0 win.
“You always have to be focused because he’s a very good player,” Ake admitted.
“He’s very quick and has really good movement so that makes it more difficult.”
Kyle Walker claimed his first Premier League title on Sunday and now the Manchester City defender wants even more.
The England international, who joined City from Tottenham in the summer, has played a pivotal role in his new club securing the title with five games of the season remaining.
City are on schedule to potentially break a number of records, including most points and most goals, but he says they won’t be considered a great team until they win a number of Premier League trophies.
“To be competing in the Premier League since I was 19, and to play all the games I played in the Premier League, to not win the Premier League, it was a bit devastating for me not to have won it with Tottenham,” the 27-year-old told reporters.
“So to come here and now in my first season, it’s fantastic for me. You always say: ‘Is the grass greener on the other side?’ and it looks that way.
“We need to continue. We can’t just stop at one Premier League title if we go on and do that. It needs to be a number of years before we can be regarded as one of the top teams ever to have played in the Premier League.
“We have the youth in the squad and the hunger to go on and do big things.”
Walker spent eight years at Tottenham and it was ironic that Saturday’s 3-1 win over his old club, coupled with Manchester United’s shock home defeat to West Brom, secured the title.
It came at the end of a difficult week in which City were eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool and lost the Manchester derby at home to United in a run of three successive defeats.
“That’s the most pleasing thing about [the win over Spurs],” Walker said. “We’ve had probably the toughest period, definitely in my career at the club. We’ve gone from doing so well in all competitions to take three losses, and sometimes it felt like it was a relegation battle in there with the mood.
“We’re all winners and we want to win and in them games, unfortunately, we didn’t. But we put that right. That shows the character and the belief in the standard of players in the dressing room.
“It’s been a long season, with a lot of games in a lot of competitions. It was probably a feeling of relief after what’s happened in the last week, which is understandable.
“But it’s great character, not just from the players but from the management staff as well, to pick us up and get us where we needed to be, winning three points.”
Jonathan is ESPN FC’s Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.