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Mohamed Salah named as PFA Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah named as PFA Player of the Year
Salah won the award (Picture: PA)

Mohamed Salah has been crowned as the Professional Footballers Association Players Player of the Year after a remarkable debut season in the Premier League with the Reds.

The Liverpool winger has banged in 31 goals in 31 league starts for Jurgen Klopps side – equalling the record total of goals for a 38-game season.

He pipped Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne to the award, along with the Belgians team-mates David Silva and Leroy Sane, as well as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Tottenham Hotspurs Harry Kane.

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (C) celebrates scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Swansea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
De Bruyne missed out (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on March 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Sane was named as Young Player of the Year (Picture: AFP/Getty)
de Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea looks on during the English FA Cup semi-final football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London, on April 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images
De Gea was one of the nominees (Picture: AFP/Getty)

In the Young Player of the Year award, Sane was handed the award ahead of Kane and his City team-mate Raheem Sterling, while Chelsea ace Fran Kirby was crowned as Womens Player of the Year ahead of Ji So-Yun and Marin Mjelde. Bristol Citys Lauren Hemp was named Womens Young Player of the Year.

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Salah is the seventh Liverpool player to win the main award, with Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, John Barnes, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott also scooping the accolade.

Despite there being six nominees, this years edition was largely viewed as a two-horse race between Salah and De Bruyne.

De Bruyne has been the heartbeat of a Manchester City side who have stormed to the Premier League title, scoring eight goals and providing 15 assists from a central midfield role.

EMBARGOED FOR ALL USAGES UNTIL 00.01 ON MONDAY APRIL 23, 2018, OR UNTIL AN OFFICIAL WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT IS MADE VIA THE @PFA TWITTER ACCOUNT. Fran Kirby poses with the PFA female player of the year award during the 2018 PFA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 22, 2018. See PA SOCCER PFA. Photo credit should read: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire
Kirby won the womens award (Picture: PA)
Manchester City's Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero celebrates with Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane (R) after scoring the opening goal during the English League Cup final football match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Wembley stadium in north London on February 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Aguero and Sane were nominated (Picture: AFP/Getty)
Mohamed Salah named as PFA Player of the Year
Silva missed out (Picture: Getty)

But despite Citys dominance in the league, Salah has directly contributed to a remarkable 40 goals (31 goals, 9 assists) and was honoured as the standout player after a vote from his peers.

The pair were both named in the PFA Team of the Year earlier this week, with five City stars included.

Premier League Team of the Year

De Gea (Man Utd)
Walker (Man City)
Vertonghen (Man City)
Otamendi (Man City)
Alonso (Chelsea)
Silva (Man City)
De Bruyne (Man City)
Eriksen (Spurs)
Salah (Liverpool)
Kane (Spurs)
Aguero (Man City)

De Bruyne and Silva were joined by Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero, although there was curiously no place for Player of the Year nominee Sane.

Spurs trio Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen also made the cut, with Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso and Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea completing the list.

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