What was expected happened this Sunday when Mo Salah lifted the PFA Player of the Year trophy for the first time in his career. Although considered an average signing at first, Salah amazed everyone with all the magic he produced this season.
Being a part of the extra-ordinary attacking-trio of Liverpool, Salah scored in game after game and is now the leading goal-scorer in Premier League this season.
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His achievements are not limited to the Premier League however. His impressive goal tally extends to Europe as well, where he has scored 8 goals this season and ranks only behind Cristiano Ronaldo who is currently the top-scorer.
Salah, 25, managed to beat top contenders which include Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the number of votes gathered this season.
“It’s an honor and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” Salah said.
“I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player.”
While Pep Guardiola isn’t satisfied with the result, Jurgen Klopp “happy to have the opportunity” of being Salah’s coach and considers it an “unbelievable honor” to win the award.
⚽️ 31 goals
🅰️ 9 assists
3️⃣ Player of the Month awards
🌍 1st African player to score 30 PL Goals in a season.
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“It’s been a fantastic ride but we still have games to go,” Klopp said. “But please grab the trophy and come home. We play on Tuesday!”
Guardiola, on the other hand, believes De Bruyne as a more solid contender for the award. He didn’t hide his feelings when he said:
“You know my opinion about these awards. If he doesn’t win, congratulations to the guy who is going to win, but from my point of view when you are analyzing [the last] nine or 10 months, there was no player better than him, in terms of the continuity, in terms of being there every three days of all competitions.
“I am sorry. Maybe in numbers there are guys better than him, but [there is no better] player in this season. For me he was the best, it is my opinion but the opinions of the players could be different.
'It's a big honour.'
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“I would like to feel that he deserves it but at the end, in the summer time, he will be at home, being a champion.”