Date: 23rd April 2018 at 5:15pm
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The plaudits keep coming for the record-breaking summer acquisition…

Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah has been crowned the Professional Footballers’ Association 2017/18 Player of the Year at the 45th PFA Awards held in London on Sunday night.

The prestigious accolade, voted for by fellow players, caps an astonishing debut season at Anfield for the 25-year-old following his £36.9million summer move from Roma.

A goal in the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday moved the Egyptian to 31 for the season in the league, equalling the Premier League record for a 38-match campaign with three games left to play.

Salah, who becomes only the second Liverpool player to win the award in the past 12 seasons and the first since Luis Suarez in 2013/14, has also contributed nine goals in Europe, helping the Merseysiders to the semi-finals of the Champions League where they will face his former club on Tuesday.

The one-time Chelsea player, who beat Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the vote, was also named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season earlier this week.

The awards follow a record-breaking three Premier League Player of the Month triumphs, six Liverpool Player of the Month triumphs and an African Footballer of the Year success, which came off the back of helping Egypt to their first World Cup finals appearance since 1990 with a crucial last-minute penalty against the Congo.

Vital Verdict

A richly deserved accolade for the Egyptian King. Salah hit the ground running upon his arrival and hasn’t looked back since, galvanising the club around him. His goalscoring exploits are quite remarkable for a player who doesn’t play as a striker, has netted only one penalty and who isn’t a natural finisher – indeed he tends to miss many of the easier chances afforded him. A word must be said for Kevin de Bryune however, because he has been consistently excellent for Manchester City all season and is arguable the main reason they have won the league with such ease. Just think, they could both be playing together at Chelsea right now…

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