Mohamed Salah will fast be running out of room at home for all his awards this season. Having joined Liverpool from Roma last summer, not even the player himself could have expected to win so many of the top individual honours in English football.
For his performances during the 2017/18 Premier League season, Salah has won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year, FWA Footballer of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season, PFA Team of the Year, Liverpool F.C. Fans Player of the Year and Liverpool F.C. Players’ Player of the Year.
Just when it appeared Salah had won everything he possibly could as an individual this season, there was one more title he needed to secure heading in to the final game of the season – the Premier League Golden Boot.
Salah’s New Record
Salah emerged as a potential candidate for this award thanks to his prolific goal scoring this season but little did anyone know quite what the Egyptian international was going to achieve when he scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season at Watford.
Salah’s statistics show he scored only one hattrick during the 2017/18 season and that fact highlights just how consistent he has been in-front of goal. The forward finished on 32 goals after netting during the 4-0 win over Brighton on Sunday and that’s a new record for a 38 game Premier League season.
The previous record was held jointly by Liverpool’s Luis Suarez (2013-14), Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Blackburn Rovers’ Alan Shearer (1995-96), the latter of which sent Salah a message congratulating him on his achievement.
Mohamed Salah vs Harry Kane
The battle for the Premier League Golden Boot this season was between Salah and Harry Kane. The Tottenham Hotspur man was the clear favourite between the two players to win the award at the start of the season but it wasn’t to be for the England international.
There was much mocking of Kane when he claimed a goal against Stoke City. The official Premier League statement read, ‘The goal had originally been awarded on the day to Christian Eriksen, but after taking the player’s testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed that the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane.’
Despite Kane gaining an extra goal in the race for the Golden Boot, Salah remained in-front of the English striker and his goal on the final day of the season was enough to finish top of the goal scoring charts.
Speaking to SkySports after the final whistle against Brighton, Mohamed Salah said, “This is very special,” before continuing, “It’s always in my mind to help the team to win games, now we are in the Champions League next year and I have won the award, so I am very proud.”
As revealed previously by Sports of the Day, Salah transfer speculation has been rife in recent weeks and breaking the record for goals in the Premier League and winning the Golden Boot is only going to add to the rumours of a big money move in the summer. However, Liverpool will be confident of keeping hold of their star man.