Salah tells Liver­pool fans he’s just get­ting started

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MO­HAMED Salah has re­as­sured Liver­pool fans his stun­ning first sea­son is just the be­gin­ning of his time at the club de­spite spec­u­la­tion over in­ter­est from Real Madrid.

The Egyp­tian col­lected awards in Liver­pool on Thurs­day after be­ing voted English player of the sea­son by both the club’s fans and his team­mates be­fore board­ing a flight to col­lect the Foot­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion’s award in Lon­don.

The 25-year-old has scored 43 goals in all com­pe­ti­tions since ar­riv­ing from Roma last sum­mer, a re­turn that has seen him heav­ily linked with Span­ish gi­ants Real Madrid, who face Liver­pool in the Cham­pi­ons League later this month.

But Salah, who needs just one more goal to be­come the out­right record-holder for the most strikes in a 38-match sea­son in the Premier League, ap­pears con­tent with life at the club.

“I’m very happy here,” he said. “Of course I have got am­bi­tions for the fu­ture with Liver­pool. As you can see we had a great sea­son, now we are in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal and ev­ery­one is ex­cited.

“It is just the start. This is my first year here. It is just the be­gin­ning.”

Liver­pool can­not fo­cus all of their en­er­gies on Real just yet, with the bat­tle for a place in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League still not set­tled.

A point in their fi­nal match, at home to Brighton to­mor­row, will be enough to se­cure a top-four fin­ish, after which all eyes turn to Kiev.

Salah, who was last month crowned Pro­fes­sional Foot­ballers’ As­so­ci­a­tion play­ers’ player of the year, won the writ­ers’ award ahead of Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane.

Speak­ing in Lon­don, he said: “I was here four years ago [with Chelsea] and a lot of peo­ple were say­ing he couldn’t play in the Premier League. I left Chelsea but it was al­ways in my mind to come back to make them wrong. So I make them wrong.

“I’m not the same player. I im­proved a lot in Rome but I can’t say ev­ery­thing is me. The team­mates are maybe dif­fer­ent. The coach is tough and they al­ways help me in­side and out­side the pitch.”

To­mor­row’s fix­tures are: Burn­ley v AFC Bournemouth, Crys­tal Palace v West Bromwich Al­bion, Hud­der­s­field Town v Arsenal, Liver­pool v Brighton & Hove Al­bion, Manch­ester United v Wat­ford, New­cas­tle United v Chelsea, Southamp­ton v Manch­ester City, Swansea City v Stoke City, Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur v Le­ices­ter City, West Ham United v Ever­ton – Reuters

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AWARD-HEAVY: Mo­hamed Salah won the Liver­pool play­ers’ player of the year along with player of the sea­son dur­ing the player awards at An­field on Thurs­day

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