Mohamed Salah named writers’ Footballer of the Year

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne came second with Tottenham striker Harry Kane third. Salah, 25, has scored 31 goals in 34 league appearances for Liverpool this season. The Egypt star – the first African winner of the award – also won the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award in April.

Salah has scored 43 goals in all competitions after signing for £34m from Roma in the summer. The ex-Chelsea and Basel winger netted twice in the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final tie with his former club Roma at Anfield last week. Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday for the return leg with a 5-2 lead over the Italians.

Salah and 26-year-old Belgian De Bruyne collected more than 90% of the votes from members of the Football Writers’ Association. FWA chairman Patrick Barclay described the battle between the two as the toughest call since 1968-69″, when there was a dead heat between Tony Book of Manchester City and Derby’s Dave Mackay. Right up to the last week or so we thought it might happen again, so strong was the support for Kevin de Bruyne,” said Barclay.

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