Mohamed Salah is expected to score 20 or more Premier League goals for the third consecutive season, but he was not included on the season’s final shortlist.
Due to the team’s inconsistent play and precipitous decline from last season’s high points, Liverpool have not had a season where individual players’ names will be remembered.
Salah is no exception, but despite the fact that many believe this season hasn’t been his best, he continues to score an impressive number of goals.
30 strikes and 14 assists across all competitions, or 19 goals and 10 assists in the league, are consistent with the Egyptian’s high output in previous seasons.
Salah was passed over as a candidate for the Premier League Player of the Season award because he claimed that this has been a bad season.
The shortlist included Kieran Trippier, Marcus Rashford, Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Martin Odegaard, and Kevin De Bruyne.
Fans were quick to point out that despite having ‘best seasons’ according to many, Saka (13 goals, 11 assists) and Rashford (16 goals, 5 assists) both failed to contribute to more goals than Salah.
Although there is a clear front-runner for the award this year, it is always intriguing to see who is and is not nominated.
Salah, like his teammates, has experienced a tumultuous campaign. Despite the fact that his extraordinarily high standards make this campaign seem exceptional, there is a compelling case for including Salah’s name at the very least on the shortlist.
Perception is everything, but given how Liverpool supporters perceive Salah, this will only fuel his fire.
Why Liverpool haven’t declared Adrian’s departure this summer
Goalkeeper Adrian was not one of the players Liverpool confirmed were leaving this week, despite the fact that his contract was set to expire this summer.
Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be leaving the team when their contracts expire, the club announced on Wednesday.
After the Reds’ final home game of the year against Aston Villa on Saturday, there will be a send-off for the quartet at Anfield.
The 36-year-old’s contract will also come to an end on July 1; however, Adrian was not mentioned in Liverpool’s official statement.
Ron-Robert Zieler of Hannover 96 has already been mentioned as a potential replacement, but the team has not yet officially announced that their No.13 will be leaving.
The backup goalkeeper may receive an extension, according to James Pearce of The Athletic, who reports that “discussions” are currently “going on.”
Adrian joined Liverpool in 2019, and despite making only 26 appearances during that time, he is a well-liked teammate who is respected in the locker room.
He originally came in as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, and in 2021 he agreed to a two-year extension to his initial contract.
Given that the Spaniard will continue to be third choice, regardless of what happens to Caoimhin Kelleher, if he does decide to sign another contract, it is unlikely to be a difficult choice.
Adrian, who will turn 37 in January, is an essential member of Liverpool’s goalkeeping unit, which is led by Alisson but primarily made up of young players.
Typically, five or six goalkeepers are worked with by goalkeeping coaches John Achterberg, Claudio Taffarel, and Jack Robinson during a training session.
AXA Training Center regulars include goalkeepers like Marcelo Pitaluga, 20, Harvey Davies, 19, Fabian Mrozek, 19, and Jakub Ojrzynski, 20, in addition to Alisson, Adrian, and Kelleher, who is only 24 years old.
Of course, it is uncertain whether Liverpool and Adrian will come to terms, and it is likely that Zieler is being taken into consideration if Adrian decides to leave.