Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his last summer recruit from Roma Mohamed Salah can be Player of the Year ahead of Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.
Mohamed Salah scored his 32nd of the season during Liverpool's 2-0 win at Anfield on Saturday against Newcastle United. It was the Egyptian's 24th Premier League goal which now has him tied with Spurs' Harry Kane.
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While Salah has scored 24 and provided eight in 29 games, Kevin de Bruyne tops the assists chart, providing 14 goals and scoring seven.
On Salah’s statistics after he netted his 32nd goal of the season and whether his talisman can be Player of the Year ahead of Kevin de Bruyne, Klopp said: "Of course. It’s a different position, it depends what you want. There’s no doubt Kevin de Bruyne plays a nice season; there’s no doubt Mo Salah plays a really good one as well. Not only him, there are a few more players.
"A few people would mention that Harry Kane is not too bad and Roberto Firmino is not too bad. David Silva had a few weeks where for private reasons he couldn’t play but plays an outstanding season as well. There are a few good players this season in the Premier League – and for sure I forgot a few. In our team, I like a lot of what we did so far. I don’t have to make the decision. At the end
there will be one winner and a few more very good players around him.
"I had no numbers in my mind [when we signed him]. We knew he was a very offensively-orientated midfield player. If you are that then you need goals from players like this and you want them to score. I love the goals he’s scored, I love his assists.
"I really love this player, how he is doing so well and thank God he is still healthy and fit and all that stuff. All the others are important, exactly the same importance for us. We played together, he knows that he needed a pass – he cannot get the ball in midfield, run there and then be free in the box. That’s not possible. Salah deserves all the good critics he has got so far. We have to make sure he can carry on like this." said Klopp on Liverpool's website
The Liverpool boss and his troops play FC Porto at home in the Champions League last-16 second leg on Tuesday. They next play in the league at Manchester United on Saturday.