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Jordan Henderson congratulates ‘fantastic’ Salah

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captain congratulated his teammate after he was crowned PFA Player of the Year.

The Egypt international was presented with the award at the Grosvenor Hotel in London on Sunday night after he beat Kevin de Bruyne, Harry Kane, Leroy Sane, David Silva and David de Gea in the vote by his fellow players.

“As a person, he’s a really good person, he’s humble and genuine and he fits in really well with the group,” Henderson said.

“As you’ve seen, he came straight in in the summer, settled in really well in pre-season and straight away we knew we had a top player that’s come to the club to try and do something with our team.

Salah completed his move to Liverpool in the 2017 summer transfer window from Serie A side AS Roma. His sensational debut season at the Reds saw him score a total of 41 goals in all competitions, while breaking a number of records.

“He was amazing in training, amazing in the pre-season games and he’s just continued that form throughout the season. He’s been fantastic, on and off the field.”

Mohamed Salah

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Henderson revealed that although the players at the beginning of the season thought Salah will be a good addition for Liverpool, he still exceeded their expectations. “I think we expected him to be good, but I think he’s gone above and beyond that really.

“He keeps improving, he keeps getting better and better with each game, more confident of course.

“Obviously the manager’s helped him loads since he’s come to Liverpool, the players have been brilliant around him, so he’s had a good group of lads that he’s come into and that’ll have helped him develop as well.

The 27-year-old believes that Salah’s hard work paid off and that the Egypt international is always focused on helping the team.

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“But all the hard work goes down to him, he’s in the gym all the time, improving his strength and in training he’s always working hard for the team, and he gets his just rewards at the end of it.

“He’s always doing work behind the scenes, always in the gym doing little bits here and there and working on his shooting and stuff in training, always working hard on what he needs to do for the team first and foremost, but then his goal tally speaks for itself really,” he added.

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