Salah on course to achieve what Dalglish, Barnes and Gerrard couldn’t

Given that the PFA Player of the Year award was introduced in 1974, when Liverpool Football Club were at the peak of their powers as 11 league titles were secured over the course of 17 magical years, you would expect Anfield icons to figure prominently on a prestigious roll of honour.
In many ways they do, with eight men from the red half of Merseyside being recognised by their peers as the best in the business across any given top-flight campaign.

There was, of course, a time when the going became a bit tough, with a 30-season drought endured between the landing of domestic crown 18 and number 19. Jurgen Klopp has, however, brought the most decorated of outfits back to the summit of English football.

History has already been made by many of the class of 2021-22, and there is more to be shot at. With a potential quadruple still on the cards, Liverpool sit at 7/4 in Premier League winner odds to take in another coronation.

Unsurprisingly, given the exploits of those looking to line their pockets with gold medals, plenty of talents within Klopp’s ranks are being discussed in the latest PFA Player of the Year debate. From back to front, with Alisson and Virgil van Dijk as important as Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota, potential winners lie around every corner.

It is, however, the irrepressible Mohamed Salah who remains a strong favourite to add another individual prize to an ever-growing collection of collective honours. The Egyptian king remains a remarkable model of consistency, with a third Golden Boot up for grabs in a fifth successive campaign of 20-plus goals in all competitions.
History in the making?

Back in 2017-18, after being snapped up from Roma, Salah hit the ground running in new surroundings to find the target on 44 occasions – with 32 of those efforts recorded in Premier League fixtures. He was, unquestionably, the standout performer in an otherwise frustrating season for the Reds.

Said efforts were rightly recognised with a PFA gong, with the only surprise being that he has not added a second since then. That, though, may be about to change as another entry into the record books is made by a talismanic character.

Of the eight Liverpool players to have been lauded as the cream of a top-flight crop, none have achieved that billing on more than one occasion. That is a pretty distinguished list that includes the notable names of Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, John Barnes, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Van Dijk.

All have staked serious claims to becoming multiple winners of a PFA prize, but there remain only solitary entries on their respective CVs. Salah can, once again, catapult himself onto a whole different level in 2022.

Questions may continue to be asked about how long he will be sticking around, as he approaches the final 12 months of a much-publicised contract, but there can be no doubt that whenever the day comes for him to bid farewell, a standing among the legends at Anfield will have been well and truly secured.


Written by Alan Spencer



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