Liverpool captain Henderson: Salah is world-class on and off the pitch
Mohamed Salah 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.
The Reds captain attended the event with the Egyptian international and wrote to ‘This is Anfield’ explaining why he did so and what does this show about Salah’s modesty.
“There is probably no player on the planet at the moment more written and spoken about than Mo Salah. He’s the person everyone in the game, be it supporter, media or even players, are talking about – and for all the right reasons,” he said.
“Last Sunday I accompanied him to London for the PFA Awards where he was crowned player of the season, voted for by his fellow professionals. For those of you who don’t know about the mechanisms of this, it’s the Professional Footballers Union and every professional footballer, from all four divisions, gets to vote on who they think is the best player playing in England at this time.”
Players cannot vote for contenders who play at their own club, therefore, Salah’s teammates were not able to vote for him. Henderson said that he voted for Kevin De Bruyne and thinks most of the team did so too.
“But Mo isn’t just world-class on the pitch – he is world-class off it – and we as his teammates appreciate him for more than just his goals. The way he behaved around collecting the PFA award sums him up; even in a moment of personal triumph he wanted to acknowledge the importance of the team. Mo is individually magic, but his mindset is all about the collective,” the captain explained.
Salah has shined for Liverpool this season with his stunning goal-scoring record. The Egypt international scored 43 goals this term in all competitions and is the English Premier League top scorer with 31 goals.
The ceremony was close to AS Roma clash in the semi-final game of the Champions League, but Henderson pointed out that head coach Jurgen Klopp was keen that Salah goes to London and receives the award.
“But typically he didn’t want to go on his own, purely because he believes this individual award has come because of the performance of the entire team,” he added. “Mo recognizes that everyone in this squad has played a part in helping him reach this level – and it’s that humility that makes him such a special person, as well as a phenomenal player.”
“When Mo says, for him, it’s all about what the team can achieve and not him personally, it isn’t just words. When he says he would swap every individual honour he might get for one trophy for the club, he means it.
“That’s Mo – that’s why he’s special to us. That is why we, as his teammates, were so unbelievably chuffed that the rest of football in England saw fit to name him the best player performing in our country in this moment.”
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