Mo Salah Crowned PFA Player Of The Year


Judging by the reaction on social media to Mohamed Salah's confirmation as the PFA Player of the Year, there is a distinct split between red and blue following the Liverpool forward's success in beating Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne to the award.

Salah scored his first Liverpool goal in their 3-3 draw with Watford on the opening day and added further goals against Hoffenheim in the Champions League and Arsenal in the Premier League.

Sane, another City team-mate David Silva, De Bruyne, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane were the other five nominees for the main prize.

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has eulogized Egyptian midfielder Mohammed Salah for his performance in the English Premier League. If the best player in the best team isn't deserving of the award, who is?

All of this - not to mention Salah's previous stint in England or, for that matter, his time in Serie A - has led to the feeling we're seeing some kind of extended magic trick.

Salah has become just the third Liverpool player after Ian Rush and Roger Hunt to score more than 40 goals in a season after the most prolific debut campaign in the club's history.

Shouldn't be underestimated what an achievement it is for an African player to win this vote, which can be as much an expression of cultural biases as anything else. "I've worked hard and I'm very happy to win it", he added.

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Since his return to the Premier League at the start of the season, Salah has broken several records, including that of Didier Drogba, who until not so long ago, was the only African player to have scored 29 league goals in one season.

"Everyone said when Coutinho left, "Liverpool won't be as good a team" but they seem to have kicked on", said Gale.

But he will be seen as pivotal if Liverpool are to progress in the Champions League semi-finals against Roma. Roma's sole win to date came in a 2001 UEFA Cup tie, but they lost 2-1 on aggregate as Liverpool went on to win the competition later that season.

"He's been a massive player for us this season and hopefully he can continue that form over the next few weeks".

"There are still three games to go".

"The most important thing is to win something with the team and we're very close now with the [Champions League] semi-final".

In 2013 Salah, then at FC Basel, was accused of changing his boots to avoid shaking hands with the players of the Israeli team Maccabi Tel Aviv before a preliminary round of Champions League.