With fans and, one imagines, the players still buzzing following Tuesday night’s victory over Manchester City that sends Liverpool to the Champions League semi finals, it was probably fair to ask if there was any chance of a letdown on the weekend against Bournemouth.
With the top four race largely over, where is the motivation meant to come from to face a mid-table league opponent following a physically and mentally draining night like Tuesday? Turns out it might come via Spurs and Harry Kane, who appear to have given Liverpool’s players an amusing rallying point.
Namely, to get Mo Salah a hat-trick (or two) following the league’s rather bizarre decision to grant Kane a goal that was originally awarded to his teammate Christian Eriksen and with multiple angles appearing to clearly show he never made contact with the ball.
Salah himself kicked things off, seemly unimpressed by the league’s decision:
Wooooooow really ?— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) April 11, 2018
And his teammates were then quick to chime in, with Simon Mignolet going topical and proving he keeps up with the news along the way:
♂️— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) April 11, 2018
Some former players, pundits, and even clubs then got in on the fun, wondering if they still had time to pad their goal tallies by way of a few dubious additions:
That decision puts me just the 1 behind you now super Al— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) April 11, 2018
I can think of half a dozen for the National side I might claim. I was only 10 yards away from Platt’s volley against Belgium if that’s near enough? Could yet be England’s leading scorer. https://t.co/HFQOZI4Fgn— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 11, 2018
For the record, here are a couple of telling angles for Kane’s “goal,” officially his 25th of the season in the league. It probably won’t help him given Salah has 29. Plus however many he scores against Bournemouth now.
Harry 'I swear on my daughter's life I touched it' Kane pic.twitter.com/F4b1IK7zzc— SH (@Sennesation) April 9, 2018