Will Mo Salah be named Player of the Year? Jurgen Klopp goes through some of the contenders
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels star forward Mohamed Salah would be a deserving winner of the Player of the Year award after netting his 24th league goal.
The Egyptian surpassed Edinson Cavani and Lionel Messi with the most goals scored in Europe’s top five leagues during Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Newcastle on Saturday.
Former Reds boss Rafael Benitez could only watch on as Liverpool carved through his frustratingly staunch and disciplined defensive back-line, with Salah netting in the first half and then Sadio Mane doubling the lead after the break.
Salah scored his 24th league goal – equalling Harry Kane’s record – but has a better goals per 90 average, netting 0.98 goals per 90 compared to Kane’s 0.90.
Mohamed Salah has now bettered Luis Suarez's best ever goal tally in a single season for Liverpool in all competitions (32) both doing it in a total of 38 games.
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He has also scored in 26 different club matches, which surpasses the tally of Edinson Cavani (24) and Lionel Messi (21).
Klopp has put forward Salah’s name as a potential worthy winner of the Premier League’s Player of the Year award, though as well as the 25-year-old he mentioned Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the favourite for many, as well as Kane, Roberto Firmino and David Silva – the latter appears to be a personal favourite for Klopp.
“There is no doubt Kevin De Bruyne plays a nice season and Mo plays a really good one as well – but not only him there are a few more players,” he said.
“A few people would mention Harry Kane is not too bad, Roberto Firmino is not too bad, David Silva plays an outstanding season. For sure I forgot a few.
“In our team, I like a lot what we did so far but I don’t have to make the decision.”
Klopp, who has yet to lift silverware with Liverpool, did state that he prioritised trophies won as a team over individual honours.
He added: “For me, (individual) trophies mean absolutely nothing but winning a title with a team is different.
“But I really respect it and if he can win this competition he deserves it.
“We have to make sure he can keep on going in this shape and be important in decisive areas and score goals for us.”
The Reds’ win over Newcastle temporarily takes them to second place, with Manchester United still to play on Monday evening.
They face a second-leg last-16 Champions League tie against Porto at Anfield this week, and go into the game with five-goal lead.
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