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BBC to announce victor of African Footballer of the Year today (Monday)

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Mohamed Salah

Salah, the current Premier League top scorer with 13 goals, has enjoyed a stellar year for both club and country.

After receiving the award, Salah said: "I'm very happy to win this award, it's a special feeling for me".

Salah, who arrived on Merseyside this summer from Roma, is Liverpool's most expensive signing ever and also probably the buy of the summer. "I feel like I had a great year, so I'm very happy".

He has beaten Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Chelsea's Victor Moses for the award.

Salah accomplished what his predecessors, Mohamed Barakat in 2005 and Mohamed Abou-Treika in 2008, achieved and became the third Egyptian player to conquer the award.

"I would also like to win it next year".

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"When I started as a manager he was a kid and nobody could have imagined that we would work together".

Previous winners of the award include: Riyadh Mahrez (2016), Yaya Touré (2015 and 2013), Yacine Brahimi (2014), Christopher Katongo (2012), Austin Okocha (2003 and 2004) and Nwankwo Kanu (1997 and 1999).

"I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way", Salah went on to tell the BBC.

"Since I left Egypt, in my mind, I want to be the best Egyptian ever".

Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp hailed Salah's win "a fantastic prize for a pretty good player" and insisted he is a "really lucky person" to have worked with "a few fantastic, outstandingly good players" and now Salah. "It's a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him".

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