Mohamed Salah’s extraordinary entrance season at Liverpool has been recognised with the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award.
Salah got the accolade from his peers ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, a fitting reward for a campaign in which he has matched the feats of Liverpool’s goalscoring legends.
The Egyptian is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in a season, and has also matched Luis Suarez’s record of 31 Premier League goals in a campaign. He may yet break Rush’s goal record of 47 in a season. He currently has 41 goals in just 46 appearance in all competitions.
“It’s a big honour. I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,” Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday night. Asked what it meant to become the first Egyptian to win the award, he said: “Hopefully, I’m not the last one. I’m very proud to win.”
Since his £39 million move from Roma, Salah has been a major influence in Jurgen Klopp’s side reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League, terrorising Premier League and European defences with his pace and exquisite finishing.
Not only did he fend off the challenge of De Bruyne, but also fellow shortlisted nominees David Silva, David de Gea and Harry Kane.read more