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Salah glad have ‘proven Mourinho and Chelsea’ wrong after scooping Player of the Year award

Mohamed Salah says he is glad to have proven his doubters wrong after scooping the Football Writer’s Player of the Year award.

The Egyptian picked up the award on Wednesday to add to the PFA Player of the Year award he won up last month.

Salah joined Liverpool last summer, and has enjoyed a brilliant first season at Anfield, scoring 42 goals in 49 games for Jurgen Klopp’s side, helping steer them to a top four finish and Champions League final.

Life in England wasn’t always so easy for the the 25-year-old however, who endured a difficult spell in England with Chelsea between 2014-2016. After being signed from FC Basel, Salah was sold only two seasons later after making only 13 top flight appearances.

And the former Blue says it feels nice to have returned to England and have proven that both Chelsea and Mourinho were wrong to doubt his abilities during his time at Stamford Bridge.

“To be honest, it was always in my mind when I left Chelsea,” Salah said.

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“I said many times, it was always in my mind to come back because a lot of people said ‘he cannot succeed here [in England] and he is not good enough for the Premier League’.

“So it was always in my mind to come back. I had two great seasons in Rome and everyone was telling me ‘no, don’t come back’ but it was always in my mind that I have to come back to prove them wrong.”

Salah can become the Premier League’s highest ever scorer in a 38-game season if he finds the net this weekend when Liverpool take on Brighton.

His 31 strikes this season mean he has already equalled the record set and held by all of Luis Suarez, Ronaldo and Alan Shearer. A goal against Brighton this weekend will see the Egyptian hold the record on his own.

Chelsea’s top scorer in the league this season is Eden Hazard, who has 12 goals.

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