Pep Guardiola responded to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah winning the FWA Footballer of the Year award on Friday. He thinks ‘it’s normal’ after some comments by Jurgen Klopp.
Mohamed Salah is the FWA Footballer of the Year once again – four years after he first won the award. It’s recognition of a wonderful season for the Liverpool star that sees him top both the goalscoring and assist charts.
He also wrestles the award back to Merseyside after its brief stay in Manchester with Ruben Dias. Liverpool and Manchester City have actually swapped the award back and forth since 2018.
This is also the first time a player has won it for a second time since Cristiano Ronaldo’s win in 2008. Salah is only the ninth player to do so after Tom Finney, Danny Blanchflower, Stanley Mattews, Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes, Gary Lineker, Thierry Henry and Ronaldo. It’s an exclusive club.
And to top it all, this is the 15th time a Liverpool player has won the award – six more than any other club.
That’s all worth celebrating, then, and Salah’s win was one of the big stories of the day. That means opposition managers were asked on it, including Pep Guardiola. So what did he have to say?
“Congratulations to Salah,” said Guardiola, per Football Daily. “Jurgen [Klopp] said they have the best keeper, the second-best second keeper in the world, the best central defender, the best holding midfielder, the best striker.
“So it’s normal they win all the awards.”
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah wins FWA award
Guardiola does seem a little annoyed by Klopp believing he has the best player in all of those roles. It is perfectly normal to believe that Alisson is the best around, though, and Virgil van Dijk is quite clearly at that level.
Fabinho as the world’s best? Again, you can argue it. Maybe Casemiro takes that status but his compatriot is in the discussion. As for striker – well, Liverpool don’t have the best striker as that’s Karim Benzema right now. But we’re not sure Klopp has ever argued that.
What Liverpool certainly have, though, is the best player in the Premier League. That has been Salah this season and we’re not sure there’s an argument for anyone else – he was utterly dominant over the first half of the campaign.