Going into Monday’s ceremony, there was little expectation that Salah would be voted the world’s best player, despite journalists and national team managers and captains deciding the process.
Salah was seventh in the voting, with Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Cristiano Ronaldo all considerably higher than him in terms of individual votes.
Kevin De Bruyne, Kylian Mbappe and Gianluigi Donnarumma rounded off the top 10, with Salah’s placing laughable considering his best-in-the-world form throughout the calendar year.
“Yeah, about his position I was surprised, to be honest,” Klopp reflected in his pre-Everton press conference.
“But it’s not in my hands. I think I saw the votes somewhere, I don’t even know exactly, it’s a journalist vote – don’t ask me, it’s your fault!
“If you think he should be higher up, then you have to convince your colleagues. I’m really not sure about what it is 100 percent.
“I think that you can always give it to Lionel Messi, for the career he has, for the footballer he is, all these kinds of things.
“But if you don’t give it to Robert Lewandowski this time, then it’s quite tricky to get it at all.
“And yes, Mo definitely should have been higher up. That’s it.”