Henderson fired up for 'fantastic' De Rossi battle

Henderson fired up for 'fantastic' De Rossi battle

The 25-year-old was rewarded for his brilliant campaign by winning the Premier League's Players' Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, beating off stiff competition from Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne to the prize.

Speaking after he was confirmed as this season's POTY, Henderson hailed the hard work Salah has put in to improve as a player and also predicted that he is good enough to produce these kind of performances over a longer period and eventually reach the level of superstars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City did pick up an individual award at the PFA ceremony as Leroy Sane won the Young Player of the Year.

"It's a big honor".

Roberto Firmino is the ideal example of this, and it has been suggested numerous times this campaign that Suarez would have adored playing as a forward in Klopp's Liverpool side.

Salah also became the seventh Liverpool player to win the award in the club's history.

Mohamed Salah has been crowned the PFA Player of the Year and new King of the Kop after a fantastic goal-scoring season - but back home in Egypt he remains the humble hero.

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No one can argue against the naming of Salah as Player of the Year, as arguably no player has as much of an impact upon his side than Salah has upon Liverpool; Kevin De Bruyne would have been a worthy victor, and is, perhaps, a better footballer than Salah, but the Egyptian got my vote. He joined the club in June from AS Roma. They played an outstanding season but in these two games we deserved to win.

"I do understand many people would have thought this semifinal would be City v Barcelona, but it's not, because it is football and Roma made it possible, as we did too", added the German.

"Today a lot of teams are kicking themselves in the head that they didn't take a closer look at him".

"I am really not interested in what people think", he said.

How do we compare all this to De Bruyne, who is heavily involved in City's build-up (he averages nearly 30 more passes per 90 in the league than Salah does total touches), who roams all over the pitch to get on the ball, who does nearly everything except what Salah has done 41 times this season (although, to be fair, he's done it 12 times anyway) and who has done it all for a team that eliminated any sense of excitement from the title race long before it even had a chance to get started? They're based off a full season where City have scored 18 more goals than Liverpool, Aguero and Kane have scored a combined 17 more than Bobby and where Jurgen Klopp's men - despite all the excitement and well timed form - could still be six points behind bloody United by the end of the week.

'It's very special to play for a club like Liverpool in the semi-final and the atmosphere at Anfield is great.

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