Mohamed Salah‘s dazzling season at Liverpool, which has delivered 41 goals in all competition, has seen him snatched the PFA Player of the Year award for 2017-18, fending off competition from De Bruyne and Harry Kane.
Salah was crowned the PFA Player of the year at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday evening, with City’s winger Sané voted as young player of the year.
The two players have both had mind blowing seasons at their respective clubs but it was Salah who stole the show at the award function on Sunday.
The Egyptian has scored 31 Premier League goals in 33 appearances in what has been a remarkable debut campaign for Salah since making the move to Liverpool from Roma in the summer.
To win, the Egyptian beats off competition from the Manchester City trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané and David Silva to wind up as the second African player to win the award after Riyad Mahrez of Leicester in 2016. Tottenham’s Harry Kane came third, with De Bruyne second.
However, Salah has been awarded not just for his goal contribution to the ‘Reds’ season but for his selfless team play, scoring 41 goals in his first season at Anfield as Jürgen Klopp’s side have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Salah who became the first Egyptian to win the award, Speaking on the stage, he said:
“It’s an honour to be the Player of the Year for the Premier League, especially as it’s voted for by the players.
I’ve worked hard and I’m very happy to win it,”
“Hopefully I’m not the last one! I’m very proud to win and I’ve worked very hard.
“I think from day first I left the Premier League, it was always in my mind that I wanted success here.
“I didn’t get the chance at Chelsea so I was clear in my mind that I would return.
“I think I left and then I came back as a different person, a different man, and a different player.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Salah in a pre-recorded video during the awards. He said:
“It is really rare in football that you win as an individual, an individual trophy because it is a team game. But in this, the team lives from personalities, from characters, from players.
“I am really happy that I had the opportunity to be your manager last year. And I think this award – you are voted from all the other players in all the leagues in England – is an unbelievable honour, so you can be really proud and your family can be really proud. On behalf of the LFC family, again congratulations.
“It was a fantastic ride so far, but you know we have still a few yards to go. With the best wishes for your future here at LFC, your manager.
“And now please grab the trophy and come home, we play on Tuesday.”
Meanwhile, in the other categories, Fran Kirby, who played in Chelsea’s 3-1 home loss to German side Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Women’s Champions League semi-final on Sunday, won the ladies’ player of the Year Award.
While Bristol City’s Lauren Hemp was named the young player of the year. The PFA’s Merit award posthumously to Cyrille Regis, the former West Brom forward who passed away in January. The award was an acknowledgment of Regis’ spearheading role in changing the states of mind towards black footballers in England.