John Arne Riise: Nobody expected Liverpool FC star to be so good

The former Liverpool FC defender heaps praise on Mohamed Salah for his outstanding form this term

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC star Mohamed Salah Photo: Mohamed Salah / Instagram

John Arne Riise believes Mohamed Salah deserves to win the PFA player of the year award after the forward’s incredible first season at Liverpool FC.

The Egypt international moved to Liverpool FC in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Salah struggled during an eight-month stint at the Stamford Bridge outfit before a move to Serie A on loan at Fiorentina followed by AS Roma.

The 25-year-old hit the ground running with Liverpool FC following a goal in his debut in a 3-3 draw with Watford in the opening Premier League fixture of the season.

Salah has gone on to score 28 goals in 30 games in the Premier League this season to sit at the top of the division’s goal-scoring charts.

The African forward is one of the leading cotenders to win the PFA player of the year award but faces competition from Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

Former Liverpool FC defender Riise put forward his case for Salah to win the end of season accolade.

“I haven’t seen many players do the same things he has done in the first season at a new club. He is doing things nobody expected him to do,” Riise told Liverpool FC’s website.

“He didn’t have a great time at Chelsea; he was good at Roma; but now he is doing things we have never seen before.

“Being a Liverpool fan, I want him to win every personal trophy. There are a few other players who have done well this year – Kevin de Bruyne has done well for City. I think it’s going to be tight between those two but, for me, Player of the Year is definitely Mo Salah.”

Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League last term.

The Reds are on course to improve upon that finish and could even end up as Premier League runners-up.

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