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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 18 June 2018

WATCH: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah determined to add Uefa Champions League title to PFA Player of Year award

Mohamed Salah has set his sights on winning the Uefa Champions League after being crowned PFA Player of the Year as reward for a stunning season at Liverpool.

Salah has been a sensation since swapping Roma for Anfield last summer in a £34.3 million (Dh176.5) transfer and against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday he struck his 31st Premier League goal of the campaign, tying the record for a 38-game season.

Liverpool host Roma in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday and Salah's dream is to follow up the recognition he has received from his peers by lifting silverware in Europe.

"My personal ambition is to win something with the team. I always think about the team, I don't think about myself," Salah said. "The most important thing is to win something with the team and we're very close now with the semi-final. Hopefully we're going to win.

"The team has helped me a lot because of the way we play. They pass me the ball a lot and always try to find me."

Salah was recognised at the 45th PFA Awards at Grosvenor House in central London on Sunday evening after taking the vote ahead of Manchester City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne.

But for City manager Pep Guardiola it is De Bruyne who should have been acclaimed due to his achievements over the course of the entire season.

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"I know my opinion about this awards. If he [Kevin] doesn't win, congratulations to the guy who is going to win," Guardiola said. "From my point of view when you are analysing nine, 10 months, there was no player better than him.

"Maybe there are guys with numbers better than him but for me in the team that wins [the title] with five games to go, he was the best.

"I would like to feel he deserves it. But in the end, in summer time he will be at home being champion."

Leroy Sane - named Young Player of the Year - and David Silva were also City players on the six-man shortlist, with outstanding Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane completing the nominees.

Salah in numbers

€39 million: Liverpool agreed a fee, including add-ons, in the region of 39m (nearly Dh176m) to sign Salah from Roma last year. The exchange rate at the time meant that cost the Reds £34.3m - a bargain given his performances since.

13: The 25-year-old player was not a complete stranger to the Premier League when he arrived at Liverpool this summer. However, during his previous stint at Chelsea, he made just 13 Premier League appearances, seven of which were off the bench, and scored only twice.

57: It was in the 57th minute of his Liverpool bow when Salah opened his account for the Reds in the 3-3 draw with Watford back in August. The Egyptian prodded the ball over the line from close range after latching onto Roberto Firmino's attempted lob.

7: Salah's best scoring streak of the season occurred between an FA Cup tie against West Brom on January 27 and a Premier League win over Newcastle on March 3. He scored for seven games running in all competitions and struck twice against Tottenham.

3: This season Salah became the first player in Premier League history to win the player of the month award three times during a term. He was voted as the division's best player in November, February and March.

40: Salah joined Roger Hunt and Ian Rush as the only players in Liverpool's history to have scored 40 times in a single season when he headed home against Bournemouth at Anfield earlier this month.

30: The goal against Bournemouth ensured the Egyptian achieved another milestone in becoming the first African player to score 30 times across one Premier League campaign.

8: As well as his fine form in England, Salah has also scored eight times in the tournament phase of this season's Champions League. Only Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, with 15 to his credit, has found the net more often in the group stages and knockout rounds of Europe's premier club competition.