Mohamed Salah has won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award after a stellar season for Liverpool in which he won the FA Cup and EFL Cup while shining in the Premier League.
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah summed up his extraordinary mentality after winning another award in the form of the PFA Men’s Player of the Year accolade on Thursday night.
Salah, who turns 30 next week, was voted England’s best player in the 2021/22 season by his peers to win the gong for the second time. The Egyptian striker scored 23 goals and 13 assists in the Premier League to share the Golden Boot with Son Heung-min and win the playmaker of the season award. He also helped the Reds win the FA Cup and EFL Cup.
Having already been crowned FWA Footballer of the Year, Salah has essentially wiped the slate clean of the individual honors available to outfield players in England’s top flight – he even scooped the Goal of the Season award. However, his latest achievement comes at a time of heightened speculation over his future at Anfield.
While Salah has confirmed he will stay with the Reds for the 2022/23 season, he is out of contract next year and the endless talks over an extension have shown little sign of progress. But one thing is certain: his relentless desire to win more team and individual honors will remain, no matter where he ends up.
“I have my room, I have a trophy cabinet and I made sure I had room for another one,” Salah replied when asked where he would keep his latest award. “I always save room for something. The Golden Shoe was the same, I saved two places for the Golden Shoe. I will keep another space. I always keep room to try to imagine the trophy that will come.”
With Salah’s mindset, it’s hard to envision a future that doesn’t see him collecting many more trophies in the future.
“It’s always good to win a trophy, individual or collective and this one is big, so [I’m] very happy and very proud of that,” Salah added. “This one is really good to win, especially because it’s voted by the players. Of course, I wanted the Premier League above all, the Champions League as well.
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“But individually it shows you that you’ve worked very hard and that you get what you work for as an individual. Collectively, of course, the team comes first, but you win the journalists, you win. also that of the players, so it shows that this season was really good.”
Asked if his mindset has changed over the years, Salah replied: “Sort of. Just when you’re young, sometimes the excitement takes you away, does something different in your game.
“But when you get older you feel more stable and you handle pressure better. You know exactly what you want from football, so I just try to relax, help the team.”