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Salah wins Golden Boot as Liverpool qualifies for CL

crictoday 2018-05-14 15:17:11

Mohamed Salah finished the season as the Premier League's top scorer after setting Liverpool on its way to a 4-0 win over Brighton that secured his team the final Champions League qualification place.

With his 26th-minute goal at Anfield, Salah moved onto 32 goals for the season — a record for a 38-game Premier League — and ensured Harry Kane would not be claiming the Golden Boot for a third straight year. Kane finished on 30 goals.

The Egypt forward lifted the Golden Boot, given to the league's top scorer, to loud cheers after the game. His collection of trophies is growing, with Salah also having been voted player of the year by his fellow professionals and England's football writers.

"Everyone gives you an Oscar, an award for this and award for that, for getting out of the car without an accident," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. "It is really difficult to stay focused but he was focused.

"He is really difficult to defend," Klopp said, "but he is young enough to improve. What he is, in his mind, is a real goal-getter and that is good."