Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp couldn’t be on hand to see his multiple award-winning talisman Mohamed Salah pick up his Football Writers’ Association award after having already been named player of the season and players’ player of the year at Anfield earlier on Thursday. But the German boss did pen a heartfelt note to the record-setting striker, who flew to London from Liverpool to pick up the FWA award in person, having also won the Professional Footballers Association prize for best player in 2017-18.
Here is a look at the full-written transcript of Klopp’s letter as it was read out at the ceremony at the Landmark Hotel…
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
Before anything else, I would like to say on behalf of everyone at Liverpool Football Club how pleased we are to hear that Sir Alex Ferguson is already making a speedy recovery after his recent illness. You don’t have to be from this country or Scotland to appreciate his genius or importance to football — but the extent of the coverage in your publications following the news last weekend proves his status transcends his own profession. It’s fantastic news to hear he is already making big strides to a full recovery and at LFC we are delighted about this.
Please accept my apologies for not being with you in person tonight. It is the club’s own award ceremony at Anfield and as such, I need to prioritise being here with the rest of the team. Given this is the Football Writers’ Association I thought a written acknowledgement from me — that someone could read out on the evening — would make more sense than a recorded message.
In terms of a Liverpool presence at your event tonight, hopefully, we have managed to show the respect it deserves — despite the clash with our own annual awards.
Your winner — Mr. Salah — is either with you now or on his way, depending when this message is read out. It is typical of Mo’s character that he was so keen to attend. And I don’t mean being greedy for awards — but being gracious and good mannered to make every effort to be there in person and thank you for the honour.
There’s not much I can say about what he does “on the pitch” that you guys haven’t already seen and written about. The fact you have voted for him as your “player of the season” reflects that you have witnessed his incredible quality as a footballer. But it’s his qualities as a person that should not be overlooked.