Martin Keown replies when asked if Liverpool FC star can beat Kevin De Bruyne to award

The Arsenal legend rules out Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salah beating Kevin De Bruyne to the PFA player of the year

Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salah Photo: Mohamed Salah / Instagram

Martin Keown has ruled out Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salah beating Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne in the race to win the PFA player of the year award.

The Reds signed Egypt international Salah in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the summer transfer window to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s attack.

The 25-year-old took his tally to 22 goals in the Premier League last weekend thanks to his strike in a 2-0 win at Southampton last weekend.

Salah became the 13th Liverpool FC player to score 30 goals in a season last week when the African forward netted in a 5-0 win at Porto in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

However, Manchester City midfielder De Bruyne is favourite to win the PFA player of the year award following his outstanding performances in the Citizens’ title challenge.

The 26-year-old has scored seven goals and has made 14 assists in 27 appearances in the Premier League this season to help the Eastlands outfit build a 16-point lead at the top of the table.

Former Arsenal defender Keown ruled out Salah pipping De Bruyne to the PFA player of the year award despite the Liverpool FC star’s incredible performances.

“De Bruyne is still favourite. He is the engine of this superb Manchester City team,” Keown told the Daily Mail. “What sets him apart is that he sees it every bit his responsibility to both create and defend.

“Some top players do not feel they need to put in the hard yards but not De Bruyne. His all-round play puts him so far ahead in the running for player of the year.

“That is not to take away from what Salah has done this season. He is the icing on the cake for Liverpool in their attractive front three.”

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