LONDON, May 13, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has been named the Premier League Player of the Season, adding to his list of awards this season.
The 25-year-old has scored 31 goals in 35 appearances in the competition during his maiden campaign at Anfield, figures that see him lead the race for the Golden Boot ahead of Sunday's season finale.
And, after beating fellow nominees David de Gea (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling (both Manchester City) in an online vote, Salah has now been recognised as the Premier League's star man for 2017-18.
Upon collecting the award at Melwood, the Egyptian said: "I'm very happy, it's an honour to win this award.
"It was always in my mind to come back to the Premier League to show the people that say I didn't succeed here the first time."
Salah went on to pay tribute to manager Jürgen Klopp, who he believes has played a key part in his emergence as one of Europe's premier goalscorers this season.
He added: "Before everything, we are friends, I like him a lot.
"He has helped me a lot to do what I'm doing now, on the field and off it, I have to thank him for everything he has done this year.
"But [there are] still two games, we have to think about that.
"I really, really respect him a lot and I'm sure we are going to do something special for the
club this year."
Salah becomes the third Liverpool player to secure the prize, after fellow forwards Michael Owen and Luis Suarez.
LONDON, May 12, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah hasn't given up on smashing Ian Rush's Liverpool goalscoring record – as he hailed the forward line that has helped propel him to the brink of history.
Salah has scored 43 goals in 50 games this season during a remarkable debut campaign with the Reds that has already earned him the PFA Player of the Year and Footballer of the Year accolades.
Liverpool have two more games remaining, with Sunday's Premier League finale at home to Brighton and Hove Albion followed by the Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26.
Between them, the Reds attacking trio of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane has rattled in 89 goals this term.
And Salah said of his strike partners: “Their quality is unbelievable. They always try to give me the ball to score because they know I'm playing to be top scorer.
“They have big quality, they are unbelievable and I'm very proud to be part of the team and to play with them.”
Despite standing four goals behind Rush's record of 47 – set in 1983-84 – Salah was confident when asked if still had a chance of overhauling the total. “Anything can happen... I think so!” said the Liverpool forward.
“I prefer to play on the right wing, but sometimes I play as a number 10, sometimes I play number nine and striker.
“The last goal I scored on the left side. It doesn't matter, it's just about finding a space to score.
“I'm not the same player now (as at Chelsea), not at all. I've improved a lot, to be honest. I improved a lot at Roma.
“You can see the finishing, the speed, the power, the threat, but I cannot say everything is on me, because my team-mates have made a difference, the coaches, the staff, they make my game easier and they always try to help me on the field and off it.”
Salah needs just one goal to set a new goalscoring record for a 38-game Premier League season. He currently has 31, a tally reached by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.
“You are talking about legends, every one of them scored many goals for many years,” said Salah.
“I just want to break the record and we'll see about after.”
Salah added that he has proved his Chelsea critics wrong after a superb season for the Reds.The Egyptian striker has been nigh unstoppable in the Premier League this season. He’s hit the back of the net 31 times in 35 games, equalling the record for the most goals in a 38-game season.
And, the 25-year-old is the first Premier League player to score over 40 goals across all competitions in a single season since Cristiano Ronaldo pulled it off in 2007/08.
It was also his brace against Roma in the UEFA Champions League which helped his side advance to the final of the tournament where they will meet Real Madrid at the end of May.
Speaking about the success he has enjoyed this season, Salah said he always intended on returning to England to prove his doubters wrong.
“I was here like four years ago and a lot of people said he couldn’t [have] success, that I cannot play in the Premier League, [that] it was very difficult for him,” Salah said.
“So it was always in my mind to come back. From the first day I left Chelsea, it was always in my mind to make them wrong. I made them wrong.”
Salah’s prolific form has contributed to speculation that the Egyptian will seek pastures new in the summer, with La Liga giants Real Madrid cited as the likeliest destination. Salah had a three-word response to these claims.
“I’m going nowhere,” he told the Echo at the Liverpool Players’ Awards at Anfield.
“I’m very happy here, I’m very happy and everything is fine. We have two games now starting with a game on Sunday. It’s a very important game and then the Champions League final but I’m very happy here.”
Salah added: “Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool. As you can see we had a great season and now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited.
“This is just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players. I didn’t watch all the games last season of the team but this year we have had an unbelievable year.
LIVERPOOL, May 11, 2018 (News Wires) - Mohamed Salah has reassured Liverpool fans his stunning first season is "just the beginning" of his time at the club despite speculation over interest from Real Madrid.
The Egyptian collected awards in Liverpool on Thursday after being voted player of the season by both the club's fans and his teammates before boarding a flight to collect the Football Writers' Association's award in London.
The 25-year-old has scored 43 goals in all competitions since arriving from Roma last summer, a return that has seen him heavily linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, who face Liverpool in the Champions League later this month.
But Salah, who needs just one more goal to become the outright record-holder for the most strikes in a 38-match season in the Premier League, appears content with life at the club.
"I'm very happy here, everything is fine," he said. "Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool. As you can see we had a great season, now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited.
"It is just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players. It is just the beginning."
Liverpool cannot focus all of their energies on Real just yet, with the battle for a place in next season's Champions League still not settled.
A point in their final match, at home to Brighton on Sunday, will be enough to secure a top-four finish, after which all eyes turn to Kiev.
Salah, who was last month crowned Professional Footballers' Association players' player of the year, won the writers' award ahead of Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane.
Speaking in London, he said: "I was here four years ago (with Chelsea) and a lot of people were saying he couldn't play in the Premier League. I left Chelsea but it was always in my mind to come back to make them wrong. So I make them wrong.
"I'm not the same player. I improved a lot in Rome but I can't say everything is me. The teammates are maybe different. The coach is tough and they always help me inside and outside the pitch."
Salah urged the club to end the Premier League season with a last day victory ahead of their trip to the Champions League final later this month.
The Egyptian’s impressive tally of 43 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions in his debut campaign has led to him being awarded numerous accolades, including Liverpool’s Player of the Season on Thursday.
Liverpool need a home draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday to secure a top-four finish and a Champions League berth via league position, although the Merseyside outfit face holders Real Madrid in this year’s final in Kiev on May 26.
A victory in that match would give Liverpool a sixth continental title and guarantee them a spot in next season’s tournament.
"I've had a very good season, all of us. Now we are in the Champions League final and we have one (league) game to win or draw to be in the Champions League next year. So we have two finals," Salah told Liverpool's website www.liverpoolfc.com.
“We want to qualify for the Champions League next season and then we want to win the Champions League final. We will play to win against Real Madrid, but for now we are thinking only about Brighton. Then we will have 14 days to prepare for the final.”
Salah, along with winger Sadio Mane and striker Roberto Firmino, have been integral to Liverpool’s success this season and the 25-year-old is eager to propel the club to new heights in the future.
Salah is also set to represent Egypt at the World Cup in Russia this year, with the African nation playing Uruguay in their opening match on June 15.
LONDON, May 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will miss the UEFA Champions League final this month after undergoing surgery on his ankle, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old, who made his England debut last year, will also not be fit for the World Cup in June.
Gomez injured his ankle while on international duty with England in March, and his recent Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City aggravated the problem.
He was not part of Liverpool's squad for their Champions League semi-final second leg against AS Roma last week and also missed their weekend league defeat at Chelsea.
"Liverpool can confirm Joe Gomez has undergone an operation on an ankle injury," the club said in a statement.
Gomez should be ready for the start of Liverpool's pre-season training schedule in July, it added.
Gomez has played regularly under England manager Gareth Southgate since making his international debut against Germany last November.
His absence will be a blow for his country, given Southgate's preferred tactic of employing a three-man central defence.
"Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over having undergone successful ankle surgery," Gomez wrote on his Instagram account.
"Been a tough few weeks trying everything possible to be available on the pitch to help the team.
"I'm going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre season. The focus now is to support the team in the two biggest games of the season!"
Third-placed Liverpool host Brighton and Hove Albion in their last match of the Premier League season on Sunday. They then play Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.
LONDON, May 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool are reportedly targeting a loan move for Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele.
The France international has struggled at the Nou Camp since joining from Borussia Dortmund in a £95million move.
Kop boss Jurgen Klopp admitted his interest in the 20-year-old during a press conference on Sunday.
And he is believed to be keen to work with Dembele having been unable to do so in Germany.
Klopp moved to Anfield a year before Dembele made the switch to the Bundesliga.
And according to SFR SPORT in France, Liverpool want to loan the forward with the option to buy at a later date.
When Klopp was asked about his interest in Dembele after Liverpool's defeat by Chelsea, he said: "Is he on the market? Now I'm interested."
Dembele has managed just two goals this season and could find it even harder to break into Ernesto Valverde's side next season if Antoine Griezmann joins the Catalan club.
LONDON, May 8, 2018 (News Wires) - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful that Liverpool will feel the benefits of a week-long build-up to what could be a decisive meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day of the Premier League season.
With their Champions League commitments over until a final date with Real Madrid on May 26, the Reds have a rare free week ahead of bringing a close to their league campaign at Anfield on Sunday.
And, after Chelsea put themselves back in the hunt for a top-four finish with a 1-0 win over Klopp's men last weekend, the German boss is particularly appreciative of the extra preparation time.
Should Chelsea defeat both Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United before the season is out, nothing less than three points will do for Liverpool against Brighton if they are to return to Europe's top table next term.
But Klopp is relaxed about that prospect, not least because his players have full control of their own destiny.
He added: "It's my life, it's our life, that we always make it a little bit more exciting. We had these situations a few times and it will be, for sure, exciting because Brighton is in a good moment, they played fantastic against [Manchester] United.
"But it's all OK, as long as we have it in our own hands, life is good.
"We still have to take it then but we will try everything." He told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm really happy that this very intense period is over now because we have one week to prepare for Brighton.
"[It] will be a difficult game but we have one week - that feels like a year and we will use that.
"Hopefully they all came through the game then one week is fantastic.
"If one or two had little problems then one week is short as well but so far I didn't hear anything and I hope it stays like this."