Kerr, Salah dominate UK football awards

Matildas captain Sam Kerr has been named the Soccer Writers’ participant of the 12 months, crowning one other excellent season with Chelsea within the Ladies’s Tremendous League.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah received the lads’s award, with the forwards receiving their trophies on the Footballer of the 12 months dinner in London on Thursday.

The ladies’s vote was open to the complete FWA membership for the primary time with the award, which was launched from 2018, having beforehand been determined by an professional panel.

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Kerr, who has scored 18 objectives within the Ladies’s Tremendous League to assist Chelsea high the desk, claimed 40 per cent of the vote, with Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema in second place and Manchester Metropolis’s Lauren Hemp third.

The Blues are some extent forward of Arsenal heading into the ultimate WSL match of the season and will clinch the title towards Manchester United on Sunday.

Evaluating this season to earlier years, Kerr stated: “I believe it is the identical. I believe yearly I try to be the perfect participant I will be and I believe as I grow old I respect it extra.

“It nonetheless is pleasant, however you possibly can’t actually evaluate (seasons).”

Salah, who was a part of the Liverpool aspect overwhelmed by Actual Madrid within the 2018 Champions League closing in Kyiv, says he’s getting ready for a “revenge” mission.

The edges will face off in Paris on Might 28 after Actual’s outstanding comeback victory over Manchester Metropolis on Wednesday and Liverpool’s skilled job in Villarreal the night time earlier than.

Requested if he noticed this subsequent assembly as a revenge mission for 4 years in the past, the Egypt ahead replied: “Sure, we misplaced within the closing, it was a tragic day for all of us and I believe it’s revenge time.

“I need to thank everybody who voted for me, after all journalists are a giant a part of the soccer household and hopefully we will win some extra (trophies) this 12 months.”

Salah took 48 per cent of the vote within the males’s class, forward of Manchester Metropolis playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

The Egyptian has scored 30 objectives for the Reds this season, 22 within the Premier League, as Juergen Klopp’s aspect chase additional home and European success.

The 29-year-old wins the FWA award for the second time, having additionally been named the 2018 Footballer of the 12 months.

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