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Why 'unprecedented' Salah has to win PFA Player of the Year award – Jamie Carragher

19:55 BST 13/04/2018
Mohamed Salah Liverpool
The Egypt internatonal is in contention for the annual top award following his blistering form for the Reds this campaign

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah deserves to win the Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year award this season for his 'unprecedented' displays, according to club legend Jamie Carragher.

Since his summer move to the Merseyside outfit, the 25-year-old has been in sensational form for Jurgen Klopp's side with 39 goals across all competitions, including 29 efforts to top the Premier League goalscorers' chart.

Despite his goalscoring exploits this term, Salah faces a stiff competition from Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in the race for the end of the season biggest individual prize.

But the former England international has likened the 25-year-old to Cristiano Ronaldo and Thierry Henry and tipped him to become the second African player to win the coveted accolade after Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez.

“All season I thought De Bruyne would win it. About a month ago I said that Salah was on De Bruyne’s coattails but now I honestly think he’s gone past him,” Carragher told Liverpool Echo.

“He scored four against Watford, got the late winner at Palace and then scored home and away against City.

“What Salah is doing is unprecedented. Ronaldo is the only player who has scored that number of goals from playing out wide.

“Even Thierry Henry, possibly the greatest player ever to grace the Premier League, only got 39 goals in his most prolific season ever. That shows the kind of company Salah is in.

“He’s still got five Premier League games left and potentially three more in the Champions League.

“Salah has to win Player of the Year now. You’d be hard pushed to make a case against him."

So far this season, the Egypt international has won Liverpool's Player of the Month award six times and is the only player to have won the Premier League Player of the Month three times in a single season.