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Robert­son, Firmi­no or Salah, Who is Liv­er­pool’s Play­er of the Sea­son?

It’s been a record-break­ing cam­paign at Anfield — but who has been the Reds’ star per­former?
They’re dar­ing to dream at Anfield, even if the thought of what is to come is mak­ing some fans ner­vous.

Liv­er­pool’s sea­son is reach­ing crunch time. The Cham­pi­ons League semi-final looms large, and a top-four fin­ish could be done and dust­ed soon. This still has the poten­tial to be a very, very good sea­son for Jur­gen Klop­p’s side.
The next fort­night will deter­mine just how good, of course, but already the Reds have left their mark on 2017/18, and so have their play­ers.
It’s awards sea­son in the Pre­mier League, with the PFA Play­er of the Year nom­i­na­tions revealed ear­li­er this month. Here, Goal takes a look at Liv­er­pool’s three star per­form­ers through­out a goal-filled cam­paign. An obvi­ous win­ner, yes, but plen­ty to debate still.
Make sure you tell us your own opin­ion in the com­ments sec­tion below!
3. Andy Robert­son
While one sign­ing from last sum­mer has grabbed the head­lines all sea­son long, the impact of anoth­er should not go unno­ticed.
Plen­ty — this cor­re­spon­dent includ­ed — ques­tioned the mer­its of sign­ing a bud­get left-back from a rel­e­gat­ed club, but the doubters have been turned into believ­ers by the Scot’s all-action dis­plays.
Robert­son took a cou­ple of months to find his feet at Anfield, start­ing the sea­son behind Alber­to Moreno. The Spaniard’s injury, though, gave him his chance in Decem­ber and he has not looked back.
Quick, aggres­sive and ener­getic, he pro­vides essen­tial width from left-back and has been part of a defen­sive unit that has tight­ened up sig­nif­i­cant­ly since the turn of the year. His deliv­ery and his com­po­sure has improved marked­ly as he has set­tled.
Mem­o­rable moments include a one-man press against Man­ches­ter City which had the Kop on their feet, while his per­for­mances in the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out stages show a play­er ready to seize his chance on the big stage.
Off the pitch, he has made an impact too, his work with a local food bank on Mersey­side has been both valu­able and appre­ci­at­ed. He’s already a firm favourite with sup­port­ers.
2. Rober­to Firmi­no
This Liv­er­pool team seems to like prov­ing peo­ple wrong, and Firmi­no is a case in point.
Remem­ber the time when crit­ics sug­gest­ed Liv­er­pool would nev­er pros­per with­out a ‘prop­er’ No.9? That myth­i­cal ’20-goal-a-sea­son strik­er’ would make all the dif­fer­ence if only the Reds could find him.
Well, they found him. He’s Brazil­ian, he wears the No.9 and his teeth shine as bright­ly as his per­for­mances.
Firmi­no has been sen­sa­tion­al. His goal against Bournemouth last week­end was his 25th in all com­pe­ti­tions. He’s scored nine in the Cham­pi­ons League as the Reds have marched to the last four.
More than that, his unique skillset has enabled Klopp to build his side around him. Firmi­no press­es from the front, he nicks the ball off defend­ers, he links with Salah and Sadio Mane, he pro­vides an option for mid­field­ers and full-backs with his move­ment and he works non-stop for 90 min­utes. Klopp loves him, describ­ing him as “world class every sin­gle day.”
The goals are a bonus, but a wel­come one. He scores all kinds — right foot, left foot, head, deft chips, cheeky no-look fin­ish­es, first-time strikes and tap-ins. He’s the com­plete pack­age. If Liv­er­pool are to win things, he will play as big a part as any­one.
1. Mohamed Salah
And in today’s least sur­pris­ing news…
Yep, the 40-goal star wins the top prize. Amaz­ing, huh?
Salah’s sea­son just goes from strength to strength. It’s been remark­able, relent­less, down­right absurd on occa­sion. He start­ed scor­ing in August and he’s not stopped. He’s laid waste to record after record, and he’s not fin­ished.
He’s the first play­er to score 40 in a cam­paign for Liv­er­pool since 1984, he’s the first play­er to score in 22 Pre­mier League games in a sea­son. He’s scored more than Luis Suarez, Michael Owen, Rob­bie Fowler or Fer­nan­do Tor­res ever did in a sin­gle cam­paign, and sev­en more will see him equal Ian Rush’s club record. He’s scored at home and away, in big games and small games, in Europe and domes­ti­cal­ly. He’s scored head­ers and vol­leys, tap-ins and scream­ers. He’s cre­at­ed more chances than any oth­er Liv­er­pool play­er, and he has a min­i­mum six games to take things fur­ther. He should break the record for goals in a 38-game Pre­mier League sea­son.
He has, quite sim­ply, become one of the best around. He deserves to be the PFA Play­er of the Year, despite Kevin De Bruyne’s strong claims, and he will sure­ly beat Har­ry Kane to the Pre­mier League Gold­en Boot too.
Think of the goals. The Cham­pi­ons League chip against Man­ches­ter City, the Mes­si-style drib­ble and fin­ish against Spurs, the spin and sweep against Leices­ter, the thrilling one-man break against Arse­nal. Ever­ton have felt his pow­er, Chelsea too. He scored at the Emi­rates, at the Eti­had and at Wem­b­ley, he’s got nine in Europe includ­ing three in the knock­out stages.

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