Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the prestigious award of PFA Player of the Year for the 2017-18 Premier League season.
The Egyptian claimed the accolade at the expense of, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Leroy Sane who all played vigorous roles in City’s title triumph, with five games to spare. Also, completing the six-man shortlist were Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
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It has, in recent years become a bit of a theme that the award goes to a player that has helped his side to Premier League glory. However, this year Mohamed Salah’s outstanding impact just couldn’t go unnoticed. This season Salah’s main challenger was Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, who has himself been superb in helping Man City claim the league. However, 41 goals in 46 games along with 11 assists allowed Liverpool’s man to secure enough votes from his fellow professionals.
With critics out in high numbers when Jurgen Klopp splashed a reported £34,000,000 on Salah, the pressure was on. Now, Salah has proven to be a bargain buy. Since joining Liverpool, for his second spell in the Premier League after a torrid time at Chelsea, Salah has been magnificent both on and off the field. Working with children at local schools along with helping good causes in his home nation Egypt, whilst still performing on the field. Salah really has turned his critics into admirers.
Speaking after winning his award at the Grosvenor House in central London on Sunday evening, the 25-year-old said, “I don’t think about myself. The most important thing is to win something with the team and we’re very close now with the semi-final. Hopefully we’re going to win.
“The team has helped me a lot because of the way we play. They pass me the ball a lot and always try to find me.”
In what has been a record breaking season for the man recruited from Roma, there is still more that can be achieved. His goal on Saturday against relegation strugglers West Brom in a 2-2 draw, took his league tally to 31. This leaves him just one goal from setting a new individual record for most goals in a 38 game Premier League campaign.
With several records already broken this season, such as most goals in a season by an African player, most Premier League player of the month awards (with three) as well as the first Egyptian to win the PFA Player of the Year, he will almost definitely be hungry for more.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was “happy to have the opportunity” of being Salah’s manager and was thrilled for his main man to receive such an award. The German claimed it has been “a fantastic ride”. He then in typical ‘Klopp fashion’ highlighted that his side are still in an important stage of the season. He jokingly said, “But please grab the trophy and come home. We play on Tuesday!”.
Klopp was referring to Liverpool’s massive Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma at Anfield, Tuesday. It will be an emotional game for Salah who left Roma for Liverpool last summer, but it is a crucial game in another competition that he has been highly influential, scoring nine times.
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Manchester City’s Sane also won a men’s award on the night. He became the first German holder of the PFA young player of the year award.
He was able to fend off tough competition from team-mates Ederson and Raheem Sterling. Also in the shortlist for the award were Kane, Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.
The former Schalke man was overwhelmed saying, “I’m absolutely delighted to have won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.”