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Ballon d'Or 2021: Lovren slams organisers for Mohamed Salah's ranking

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Lovren isn't impressed by Salah's Ballon d'Or ranking
Lovren isn't impressed by Salah's Ballon d'Or ranking / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

Mohamed Salah's former Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren believes the Egyptian deserves more credit after he earned a seventh place in the Ballon d'Or rankings.

Lionel Messi won the award this year with Robert Lewandowski finishing second in the rankings followed by Jorginho, Benzema, Kante and Ronaldo, all ahead of Salah.

Salah scored a brace against Everton in the Premier League on Wednesday, thus reaching 13 goals in 14 games.

Lovren took to Twitter and mocked France Football that they might move Salah one spot up in 2022 even if he keeps his great form going for the whole year.

Meanwhile Salah laughed after being reminded by a reporter post-match that he finished seventh in the Ballon d'Or ranking.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, later claimed that Salah was angry he missed out on a hat-trick against Everton.

“He was angry after the game! He wanted to score the third one,” Klopp said.

“I don’t take these things for granted. His second goal, you have to force these kind of mistakes.

“Mo put [Seamus] Coleman under pressure to win that ball and from then on it is a good chance he will score.

“We have momentum but it was by far the best performance since I’ve been at Liverpool at Goodison.

“Before the game people told me that in derbies form or shape doesn’t count, I see it totally different.”