MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 10, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal to equalise and make the score 1-1 during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah reassures fans his future lies at Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has reassured Liverpool fans his stunning first season is “just the beginning” of his time on Merseyside.

The Egyptian was named first-team player and players’ player of the year at the club’s end-of-season awards at Anfield on Thursday.

His night then took him on a flight to London to collect the Football Writers’ Association’s award.

The 25-year-old has scored 43 goals in all competitions since arriving from Roma last summer, a return which has seen him heavily linked with Spanish giants Real Madrid, who face Liverpool in the Champions League later this month.

But Salah seemed more than content with life on Merseyside after heading south with a trophy in each hand.

“I’m very happy here, everything is fine,” he said.

24th April 2018, Anfield, Liverpool, England; UEFA Champions League football, semi final, 1st leg, Liverpool versus AS Roma; Mohamed Salah of Liverpool says a prayer as he takes to the field in front of the Kop

“Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool. As you can see we had a great season, now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited.

“It is just the start. This is my first year here and it is the same for some other players. It is just the beginning.”

Liverpool cannot focus all of their energies on Real just yet, with the battle for a place in next season’s competition still not settled.

A point at home to Brighton on Sunday will be enough to secure a top-four finish, after which all eyes turn to Kiev.

“We are very comfortable about playing in the Champions League next season,” he said.

“For now we are thinking only about Brighton. Then we will have 14 days to prepare for the final. We will play to win against Real Madrid.

“It’s always special to play in any final. We know it’s not going to be easy.”

As for his rapidly growing collection of gongs, he added: “I’m very happy to win these awards. I had a good season but without the help of my team-mates it would have been very difficult.”

Salah won the FWA award from Kevin De Bruyne and Harry Kane.

Also at Anfield, Trent Alexander-Arnold was named young player of the season, Wales international Harry Wilson took the academy award and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s thunderbolt against Manchester City in the Champions League was recognised as goal of the season.

Sophie Ingle and Gemma Bonner won Liverpool Ladies’ players’ player of the season and player of the season respectively.

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