Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool "lucky" to have Mohamed Salah

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He becomes the first African victor of the award and the 15th player in the Premier League era to win the FWA and Players' Football Association's Player of the Year gongs in the same season.

The Egyptian, who was named PFA player of the year in April, will be honoured at the Footballer of the Year dinner on May 10.

Despite failing to make an impact with the west London club, the 25-year-old has enjoyed an incredible debut season for Jürgen Klopp's side - scoring 43 goals in all competitions and equalling the Premier League scoring record jointly held by Alan Shearer, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Liverpool forward narrowly topped the poll of the 400-strong FWA membership ahead of the Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, the margin understood to be less than 20 votes.

The Egypt star - the first African victor of the award - also won the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award in April.

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FWA chairman Patrick Barclay described the battle between the two as "the toughest call since 1968-69", when there was a dead heat between Tony Book of Manchester City and Derby's Dave Mackay.

Egypt's Minister for Youth and Sports, Khaled Abd Abdel-Aziz reportedly made a tweet a few hours after Mo Salah's, probably as a reply to his.

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Salah was instrumental to getting Liverpool lay hold of the Third place in the English Premier League and also getting the team into the Semi Finals for the first time in 11 years.

However he has proved his doubters wrong and looks set to beat off a late surge by Kane to finish the campaign as the Premier League's top goalscorer.

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