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Liverpool Fans Furious Phil Foden Got PFA Nod Ahead Of Mohamed Salah


Liverpool Fans Furious Phil Foden Got PFA Nod Ahead Of Mohamed Salah

Liverpool fans on social media are staggered that Mohamed Salah failed to make the PFA Player of the Year shortlist, despite scoring 22 goals and finishing second in the Golden Boot standings.

In particular, they’re pointing out that one of the four Manchester City players nominated – Phil Foden – started only 17 of his side’s 38 games last season. But has still been shortlisted ahead of Salah.

Only Tottenham’s Harry Kane, with 23, scored more Premier League goals than Salah last season as the Egyptian almost single-handedly kept an out-of-sorts Liverpool in the race for the top-four spots at times.

Liverpool wouldn’t have come close to their eventual third place without Salah’s contributions. However the PFA nominations revealed Foden, Ruben Dias, Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne had been shortlisted for the champions; with Kane and Manchester United playmaker Bruno Fernandes taking the other spots

Rising star Foden took part in 28 league games last season and shone at times. But he started only 17 of them, contributing nine goals and five assists.

The 28-year-old Salah recorded the same number of assists but scored 22 and took part in all but one of Liverpool’s league games, starting 34 of them.

Salah won the coveted PFA Player of the Year award in 2017/18, his first season at Liverpool. No surprise as he netted 34 league goals, breaking the Premier League scoring record for a 38-game season.

However he’s been completely absent from the ballot in the three years since, despite scoring 22, 19 and 22 league goals in the seasons since (and winning a share of the Golden Boot in 2018/19).

Jurgen Klopp suggested Salah was “underappreciated” in May after he was left off a pundits’ team of the season, despite his constituency in an otherwise struggling Liverpool side.

De Bruyne is the reigning PFA Player of the Year, but some LFC fans claim he’s lucky to get in ahead of Salah this year too. The Belgian started just 25 league games and missed a chunk of Man City’s best spell of the season through injury.

Defender Dias is the bookies’ favourite to take the award after his imperious form since joining Pep Guardiola’s side from Benfica in the summer. But is Salah incredibly hard done by to not even get a nomination?

Let us know in the comments.

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