Monday 22 October 2018

Mohamed Salah keen to add Champions League title to PFA Player of the Year award

Salah was recognised at the 45th PFA Awards on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah is hoping to add team silverware to his PFA Player of the Year Award
Mohamed Salah is hoping to add team silverware to his PFA Player of the Year Award

By Duncan Bech, Press Association Sport

Mohamed Salah has set his sights on winning the Champions League after being crowned PFA Player of the Year as reward for a stunning season at Liverpool.

Salah has been a sensation since swapping Roma for Anfield last summer in a £34.3million transfer and against West Brom on Saturday he struck his 31st Premier League goal of the campaign, tying the record for a 38-game season.

Liverpool host Roma in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday and Salah’s dream is to follow up the recognition he has received from his peers by lifting silverware in Europe.

“My personal ambition is to win something with the team. I always think about the team, I don’t think about myself,” Salah said.

“The most important thing is to win something with the team and we’re very close now with the semi-final. Hopefully we’re going to win.

“The team has helped me a lot because of the way we play. They pass me the ball a lot and always try to find me.”

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(PA Graphic)

Salah was recognised at the 45th PFA Awards at Grosvenor House in central London on Sunday evening after taking the vote ahead of Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

But for City boss Pep Guardiola it is De Bruyne who should have been acclaimed due to his achievements over the course of the entire season.

“I know my opinion about this awards. If he (Kevin) doesn’t win, congratulations to the guy who is going to win,” Guardiola said.

“From my point of view when you are analysing nine, 10 months, there was no player better than him.

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Pep Guardiola feels Kevin De Bruyne, pictured left, with Leroy Sane, was unlucky to miss out on the big award

“Maybe there are guys with numbers better than him but for me in the team that wins (the title) with five games to go, he was the best.

“I would like to feel he deserves it. But in the end, in summer time he will be at home being champion.”

Leroy Sane – named Young Player of the Year – and David Silva were also City players on the six-man shortlist, with outstanding Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Tottenham striker Harry Kane completing the nominees.

Press Association

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