Watch: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah should win Ballon d'Or award, says John Arne Riise

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Mohamed Salah is one of the favourites to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award this year along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Liverpool star has been a goal scoring machine for the Reds this campaign and has also played a major role in leading his team to the Champions League final.

But does he really deserve to win the award for the best footballer of the year?

Well, former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise certainly thinks so. And he’s got a good reason to support his answer.

Find out what he has to say!

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Watch: Liverpool star Mohamed Salah's fans show admiration in unique way

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has been receiving plenty of praise from football pundits but it is mostly his fans that have been moved by his goal scoring prowess.

The Premier League top goalscorer is surely in the race to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or award this year along with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

And Salah’s fans in Egypt, his home country are certainly not shy in showing their love to the forward in more ways than one.

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Mohamed Salah criticised by Jurgen Klopp for dive during defeat at Chelsea

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Jurgen Klopp rebuked Mohamed Salah for diving on a day when Liverpool failed to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.

A 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, to Olivier Giroud’s first half header, means the Reds must win against Brighton on next Sunday’s final day to guarantee their place in the Premier League top four.

Salah was shown a yellow card a few minutes after Giroud had put Chelsea in front for going to ground on the edge of the hosts’ penalty box as he attempted to round Gary Cahill.

“It was a dive or he waited for the contact. I’m not sure,” Klopp said.

“That’s not what I want to see, that’s not what he wants to do. It happened.”

Liverpool’s 43-goal forward is still chasing the 38-game, single season Premier League record of 32 goals – he has 31 – and had a frustrating afternoon against his former club.

Klopp expressed annoyance that Antonio Rudiger, Salah’s former Roma team-mate, continually grappled with the Egyptian without punishment.

“He can do much better. He will score again no doubt about that,” Klopp added.

But the Reds boss insisted his side performed well and the midweek exploits in Rome which secured a place in the May 26 European Cup final with Real Madrid had no impact.

Third-placed Liverpool have a three point advantage over fifth-placed Chelsea, who are now two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham. Spurs lost at West Brom on Saturday.

The Blues play Huddersfield at home on Wednesday and at Newcastle on next Sunday’s final day; Spurs meet Newcastle and Leicester, respectively, on the same days, at their temporary Wembley home.

Antonio Conte had almost written off Chelsea’s Champions League qualification hopes a month ago.

The head coach said: “One month ago it was impossible to imagine to arrive at the end and fight for a place in the Champions League.

“Now there is hope. We are getting in every game three points. Our opponents are dropping points. But our future is not in our hands.

“We’re putting pressure on the teams that stay ahead of us. I don’t know if this will be enough at the end of the season. But we have to try.”

Conte said he would rotate his options against Huddersfield and expressed hope he would be able to call upon striker Alvaro Morata, who was unavailable on Sunday due to a minor injury.

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