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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Mohamed Salah's comments on future with Liverpool are just what Kop fans want to hear

Star has been linked with Real Madrid.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is a happy man
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah is a happy man

Rory Dollard

Mohamed Salah has reassured Liverpool fans his stunning first season is “just the beginning” of his time on Merseyside.

The Egyptian was named first team player and players’ player of the year at the club’s end-of-season awards at Anfield on Thursday.

His night would later take him on a flight to London to collect the Football Writers’ Association’s award.

The 25-year-old has scored 43 goals in all competitions since arriving from Roma last summer, a return which has seen him heavily linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, who face Liverpool in the Champions League later this month.

But Salah seemed more than content with life on Merseyside after heading south with a trophy in each hand.

“I’m very happy here, everything is fine,” he said.

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Mohamed Salah has had a season for the ages

“Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool. As you can see we had a great season, now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited.

“It is just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players. It is just the beginning.”

Liverpool cannot focus all of their energies on Real just yet, with the battle for a place in next season’s competition still not settled.

I'm very happy here, everything is fine Mo Salah

A point at home to Brighton on Sunday will be enough to secure a top-four finish, after which all eyes turn to Kiev.

“We are very comfortable about playing in the Champions League next season,” he said.

“For now we are thinking only about Brighton. Then we will have 14 days to prepare for the final. We will play to win against Real Madrid.

“It’s always special to play in any final. We know it’s not going to be easy.”

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Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson (left), James Milner and Mohamed Salah (right)

As for his rapidly growing collection of gongs, he added: “I’m very happy to win these awards. I had a good season but without the help of my team-mates it would have been very difficult.”

Salah won the FWA award from Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane.

Speaking at the Landmark Hotel in London, he said: “I was here four years ago (with Chelsea) and a lot of people were saying he couldn’t play in the Premier League. I left Chelsea but it was always in my mind to come back to make them wrong. So I make them wrong.

“I’m not the same player, I improved a lot in Rome but I can’t say everything is me. The team-mates are maybe different. The coach is tough and they always help me inside and outside the pitch.

“Just wait for Sunday. I just want to break the (Premier League scoring) record and we’ll see afterwards.”

Chelsea and England forward Fran Kirby was the inaugural winner of the women’s award.

“She wants to be the best footballer in the world and she will achieve that with her dedication,” said England Women manager Phil Neville as the award was presented.

Also at Anfield, Trent Alexander-Arnold was named young player of the season, Wales international Harry Wilson took the academy award and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s thunderbolt against Manchester City in the Champions League was recognised as goal of the season.

Sophie Ingle and Gemma Bonner won Liverpool Ladies’ players’ player of the season and player of the season respectively.

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