Gary Lineker has congratulated Mohamed Salah after the Liverpool man collected the FWA Player of the Year award last night.
The pundit posted on Twitter to share his appreciation for the Liverpool winger.
In response to Salah’s tweet thanking those journalists who voted for him, Lineker simply wrote “Well played,” complete with three clapping hands emojis.
Mo was as deserving-a-winner as possible of the award. Sitting atop the Premier League charts for both goals and assists, the nations football writers duly voted him as the number one player in the country.
Salah going for the hat-trick
The FWA award is one of the most well respected individual gongs in English football. Having been awarded every year since 1948, it is an historic and prestigious award.
Last night was the second time that Salah has won this particular accolade. That makes him just the ninth player in the award’s 74-year history to win it multiple times.
Knowing Mo, he’ll have his eyes on going back-to-back in 2022/23. The only player to win it three times is Thierry Henry, who claimed claimed his hat-trick in the four seasons between 2002 and 2006.
Lineker himself actually won the trophy twice during the 1980’s.
Salah’s win continued a proud tradition of Liverpool players being voted the top player in the country by journalists. No club can come close to the 15 times a player has been crowned whilst playing for The Reds. Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, both on nine, trail by some distance.
The last player to win the award whilst at Liverpool was Jordan Henderson in 2019/20. Prior to that, Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Salah again are the other players to win it during the Premier League era.