Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Klopp: De Bruyne's form makes Salah award 'even more special'

Klopp: De Bruyne's form makes Salah award 'even more special'

Liverpool's forward Mohammed Salah has won the Professional Footballer's Association Player of the Year award for 2017-18.

Sane was also nominated for the senior Player of the Year award, alongside team-mates, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Tottenham striker Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.

Former Arsenal and England centre back Martin Keown was not at all impressed by the result of the PFA Player of the Year vote.

His 31st goal of the Premier League season equalled the highest number of goals scored in a 38-game English top-flight season, only reached by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

He has already matched the Uruguayan's best return across a Premier League campaign and is chasing down the Reds' record single-season haul of 47 achieved by Ian Rush in 1983-84.

I'm not going to pretend De Bruyne is the flawless player - his form can dip suddenly and when it's not working for him, he's unable to flick the switch to get it back again - but he's damn near close to being ideal. "He's a very big part of it now and I'm sure he will be for many years to come". There are still three games to go.

"It wasn't like a lot of other teams than Liverpool were banging down the door", Roma's American co-owner James Pallotta told the BBC's World Football programme.

Martin Keown says Kevin De Bruyne deserved it over Mohamed Salah, but thinks the Manchester City star will have the last laugh over the Liverpool man anyway.

Shortly after receiving the award, Salah told Manish Bhasin how he'd always meant to prove himself in England despite his disappointing spell as a Chelsea player - the audience particularly enjoying his honest response to the host's question.

On the moment influence Salah has made since becoming a member of from Roma in June, Henderson stated: 'I feel we anticipated him to be good, however I feel he is gone above and past that actually.

"He came in during the summer, settled in really well during pre-season and straight away we knew we had a top player", Henderson said.

This is Salah's second stint in the Premier League after a disappointing first outing in Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.

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