Earlier today, Salah was named the Standard Chartered Liverpool Player of the Month for February, making it the fifth time he has won the award this season. With his two goals against Tottenham (the second one having been that utterly sublime bit of magic), his goal and assist to Firmino against Southampton, a delightful shot on target in our 5-0 Champion’s League outing to Porto and his fantastic goal and assist at home against West Ham, Salah won the award by a country mile beating Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson. Salah had been named the LFC Player of the Month for August, September, November and December 2017.
A few days ago, Salah was also named the PFA Premier League Player of the Month (voting is open to fans from all clubs) for February for the third time this season after receiving 37% of the vote, with Firmino in second place with 19%. The other nominees were Stoke City’s Jack Butland, Manchester United’s Chris Smalling, Pascal Gross from Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.
Having scored five goals in February 2018, Salah was asked which one of his goals was his favourite and was it the best he had ever scored.
All of the goals were goal important for me, but if I had to choose one in February it would be the second goal against Tottenham. I think this season, I could choose this goal as my best and the first goal against Southampton also. Everton was also good, too. It’s hard to say if it’s the best one., he said.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash away to Manchester United at Old Trafford, Salah said;
We’re playing so good at the moment and our position in the Premier League is improving and much better.We’re now in third and we play the next game against Manchester United, second against third, so it’s an important game. We have confidence, we’re playing good and we need to keep that going.
Europe’s best player
Salah has also been named the best player in Europe, by Switzerland based football observatory, CIES Football, with a score of 98.7; based on his performances in the past month and beating out Cristiano Ronaldo. The score was calculated using Opta data as well as the technical performance of players in the top five domestic leagues in Europe. Firmino was not too far behind in third place, and our boys, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk also made the top ten.
The Swiss football statisticians also used an unique algorithm to calculate Salah’s current market value, which they put at 145.3 million GBP, making him the seventh most valuable player in Europe at the moment; which is four times what we paid Roma last June.
I don’t believe you can put a price tag on Mo as not only is he a magnificent footballer, he is also an incredible human being.
Salah is currently on 32 goals in all competitions and he is a man of his word, having said this after reaching 30 goals mid-February:
It’s something huge, so I am very happy about it - but I have to carry on and keep looking forward to score many more goals. I feel good, and that’s the most important thing – and 100 percent, there is still more to come.
And we can hardly wait for the next one...