Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to the impact Mohamed Salah has had this season, and admitted that his sensational form for the Reds has exceeded everybody’s expectations.
The Egyptian international was today confirmed as the PFA Premier League Player of the Year after netting an incredible 31 goals and providing nine assists in just 33 appearances.
Not only is the 25-year-old on course to win the Golden Boot this season despite not even playing a central striker, he also only needs one more goal to break the all time record for most goals in a Premier League season.
Speaking after he was confirmed as this season’s POTY, Henderson hailed the hard work Salah has put in to improve as a player and also predicted that he is good enough to produce these kind of performances over a longer period and eventually reach the level of superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He came in during the summer, settled in really well during pre-season and straight away we knew we had a top player,” Henderson said.
“He was amazing in training and during the pre-season games and has continued that form throughout the season.”
“He’s been fantastic on and off the field.”
“When he joined from Roma, we expected him to be good but he’s gone above and beyond that.”
“He keeps improving and getting better and better with every game. He’s more confident of course.”
“The manager has helped him loads and the lads have helped him develop as well, but all the hard work is down to him.”
“He’s in the gym all the time, improving his strength and works hard for the team. He’s getting his just rewards now.”
“His goal tally speaks for itself. There are so many good players in the Premier League, it’s hard enough to get in the team of the year never mind win it.”
“He’s certainly up at that level this season. Messi and Ronaldo have done it at that level for 10 years plus, but Mo is good enough to stay at this level and keep improving.”
“Definitely this season in terms of the way he’s played, the goals he’s scored and the impact he’s had on games, means he’s up there with the best.”