• Liverpool forward ranked at 99 in honour of the highest scorers • Liverpool in prime form heading into Saturday’s big game
Is Mo Salah the most underrated footballer in Premier League history?
The Premier League has hailed its most valuable player for the third year running. Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne came top in the poll with an average of 2.16, ahead of Liverpool’s Mo Salah at No2 on 2.07 and Dele Alli in fourth on 2.00. Salah also clinched top spot in a poll to name the most underrated player in the league’s history, ahead of David Silva (81 points) and Jack Wilshere (90).
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Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, scorer of 45 goals last season, finished a distant fourth on 1.15, while Tottenham’s Harry Kane was eighth. After Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s impressive strike to knock Manchester United out of the League Cup last night, Salah is now joint-third in the most valuable player list.
Liverpool enter their season’s opener with Tottenham on Saturday in prime form and the Egyptian will be hoping to have received a more favourable verdict this week, after appearing to question Chelsea’s signing of Alvaro Morata this week. “The Chelsea player is not in the same league as me,” he said. “I am really good at dribbling.”
Mo Salah is due to earn £350,000 in wages per week from Liverpool, compared to £65,000-a-week from Chelsea, which could mean he is the top earner in Premier League history. Should he end up being the highest-paid player at any of England’s top four clubs, he would earn £85m, eclipsing the current record of £44m set by Gareth Bale at Tottenham in 2015.