Bukayo Saka proves Mohamed Salah was robbed again as Liverpool loses six-year run in double snub – Liverpool.com

Two Liverpool stars have been snubbed by Premier League colleagues despite outstanding individual campaigns in 2022/23, with Mohamed Salah sure to be aggrieved.
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On Monday, the PFA announced its Premier League team of the year for the 2022/23 season, and for the first time since 2015/16 — when Jürgen Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers — there were no Liverpool players included.
In the previous six seasons, the Reds had had at least one representative in the XI, peaking at six in 2021/22 after narrowly missing out on the title and providing five in 2019/20 when they won it.
Perhaps, in light of the team's wider struggles, this isn't particularly surprising. Liverpool wound up in fifth place its lowest finish in a full season under Klopp and missed out on the Champions League, making it the second biggest underachiever in the division after bottom-half Chelsea.
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That broader context tends to hold weight, even when it comes to individual accolades, rightly or wrongly. It's a sort of NBA logic, where players aren't typically considered for the 'MVP' award if their team doesn't boast one of the strongest records in the league.
Still, though, there were a couple of outstanding individuals at Anfield who have the right to feel pretty hard done by.
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The first of those is Alisson, who lost out to Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale despite producing one of the great shot-stopping seasons. The Brazilian 'prevented' around 10 goals more than you would normally expect from a goalkeeper, the data shows (via FBRef), the best record in the division. Ramsdale, by contrast, was down in 24th place after conceding two more than he 'should' have.
But up front, Mohamed Salah is arguably just as big an omission. Last season, he notched 31 goal involvements (19 goals and 12 assists) to rank third in the division behind Manchester City's Erling Haaland and Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, who both feature in the attacking line-up.
Fourth for goals and second for assists (behind City's Kevin de Bruyne on 16), he was the only player to rank in the top four or indeed the top nine in both categories.
The only other player to reach double figures in both categories was Bukayo Saka, and sure enough, the Englishman, who also won the Young Player of the Year prize, got the nod instead. Saka was undoubtedly sensational last season, scoring 14 times and setting up 11 more, but surely it's more impressive that Salah surpassed those numbers in a struggling side. While Saka's Arsenal was firing on all cylinders, Salah had to put the team on his back.
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time he's been snubbed. In 2021, there was widespread surprise as he finished down in seventh in the Ballon D'Or voting even after following up a 31-goal season by netting 17 in as many matches at the start of the subsequent campaign.
"It shocked me, but there's nothing I can say," Salah reflected at the time, via This is Anfield. "No one in the world expected that I would be seventh, but that's what happened."
Salah also has grounds to be 'shocked' by how his peers voted this time, but the hope will be that this offers him fresh motivation, not that he needs it after starting the season with three goal contributions in three games.

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