Mubasher: Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) Player of the Year for the 2017-18 season.
The Egyptian footballer received the award after a fierce competition with Tottenham Hotspur player Harry Kane, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, and Leroy Sane, and the goalkeeper of Manchester United David de Gea.
"It's an honour and especially as it's voted by the players, I am happy and proud," the 25-year-old midfielder said.
When I joined Chelsea FC I did not take enough opportunity for playing, whereas after playing for the Reds I managed to show my capabilities to all football fans, Salah told BBC Sport.
It is unbelievable honor for Salah to win the award, as well as it is honor for me, Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp stated, voicing his happiness about being his manager.
31 Goals in 33 EPL games
The Egypt international has scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League games for Liverpool, in addition to competing for the golden boot.
On Sunday 21 April, Salah has scored his 31st league goal against West Brom, placing himself alongside Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, who share the record for a 38-game season, BBC Sport reported.
The GBP 34 million "summer signing from Roma, is just the fifth player to register more than 40 goal involvements in a single Premier League season (31 goals, nine assists)," according to the BBC Sport.
Everything Salah touches seems to be a goal, BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer said.
"He is having one of those seasons where you go out on the pitch not hoping you are going to score, but knowing you will. As a striker, I know that it is a great feeling to have," the previous English footballer Alan Shearer noted.
After Salah joined Liverpool in 2017 from A.S. Roma for GBP 34 million he played 33 matches in which he scored 31 goals and provided nine assists for his teammates during the current season 2017/2018.
BBC readers vote
Salah also won 76% of the BBC readers vote after readers were asked to select their winner from the six-man shortlist.
Belgium international De Bruyne who plays for Manchester City took 14% of the votes, while Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea ranked third with 6%, BBC Sport said.