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Liverpool ace crowned PFA Player of the Year

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has been crowned the Professional Footballers' Association's Player of the Year.

Few could have foreseen the Egyptian magician's impact after he swapped Roma for Anfield last summer in a £34.3million deal.

It has certainly proven money well spent and Salah's exceptional performances have brought recognition from his peers in his first season back in English football.

The 25-year-old was named Player of the Year at the 45th PFA Awards at Grosvenor House in central London on Sunday evening, having seen off tough competition from Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne.

The pair have been the standout players of a memorable campaign, with the Belgium international playing an integral role as Pep Guardiola's swashbuckling side won the Premier League in style.

Leroy Sane - crowned PFA Young Player of the Year on Sunday - and David Silva were the other City players on the six-man shortlist, with outstanding Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and free-scoring Tottenham striker Harry Kane completing the nominees.

But it is Salah that has come out on top after one of the greatest debut campaigns in Liverpool's history.

"It's a big honour. I've worked hard and I'm very happy to win it," Salah said at the ceremony on Sunday evening.

Asked what it meant to become the first Egyptian to win the award, he said: "Hopefully I'm not the last one! I'm very proud to win and I've worked very hard."

His strike at West Brom on Saturday was his 31st Premier League goal of the campaign, tying the record for the 38-game season.

"You're comparing your name with some great names," he said, on the prospect of breaking the record. "To break the Premier League record is something huge in England and all over in the world.

"There are still three games to go. I want to break this record and also break the one for (42-game season). Let's see what will happen."

Luis Suarez was the last Reds player to win the award in 2014 and he too could do the double by winning the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award.

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