Liverpool players have mocked Harry Kane’s successful appeal to be awarded his 25th Premier League goal of the season.
The Premier League confirmed on Wednesday that Kane had been given Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal against Stoke City, which had been awarded to Christian Eriksen.
Kane was adamant Eriksen’s free-kick glanced into the net off his shoulder and, following an appeal, the Premier League ruled in his favor to move the England striker one goal closer to Mohamed Salah in the race for the golden boot.
Within minutes of the Premier League’s announcement, Salah posted a message on Twitter that read: “Wooooooow really?” And Salah was supported by a number of his Liverpool team-mates.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who posted a meme of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to sum up his shock, while Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold took to social media to express their surprise.
Wooooooow really ?
— Mohamed Salah (@22mosalah) April 11, 2018
While the Liverpool players’ support for Salah was understandable, it was more surprising that Kane’s successful appeal was also questioned by former Tottenham striker Gary Lineker and his England team-mate Jamie Vardy.
Match of the Day presenter Lineker, who won the Golden Boot for England at the 1990 World Cup tweeted: “Well, well, Harry Kane has been awarded the goal after all by the Premier League’s goal accreditation appeals panel. That’s actually a thing.”
Vardy, who scored 24 goals in Leicester City’s title-winning season two years ago, also reacted to the news with a tweet containing the raised-eyebrow emoji.
Announcing the goal had been awarded to Kane, a Premier League statement said: “Harry Kane has been awarded Tottenham Hotspur’s second goal in their 2-1 win against Stoke City on Saturday after the club and player successfully appealed to the Premier League’s Goal Accreditation Appeals Panel.
“The goal had originally been awarded on the day to Christian Eriksen, but after taking the player’s testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed that the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane.”