When it came to the POTY vote, the Belgian midfielder was of course unable to vote for himself, or anyone else on his team - and instead gave his vote to the one player who's likely to run him closest for the accolade.
De Bruyne has always been the favorite, especially since the victor often comes from the champion side, but Salah's avalanche of goals 20 in his last 20 matches since early December have made him a live contender.
The Belgian star, now reputed among the world's best players, claims that he only spoke twice to the Special One, who was sacked the following season by the Blues after a awful start left them floating above the relegation zone. Dele Alli is the current two-time YPOY holder, and he'd be presumably up for the award again.
"I don't think we played bad".
So thanks, Kevin! Now, can we talk about how you seem to randomly capitalize the letter H in your handwriting?
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Klopp on Salah: "I don't think Mo or anybody else wants to be compared with Lionel Messi - he is the one who has been doing what he's been doing for what feels like 20 years or so. However, he's felt that rejection from Chelsea so I'd imagine he's probably appreciating the adulation at Anfield and how the club is helping to make him a better player".
'I am very happy with myself, I am very pleased with how I have played, I didn't expect to be this good this season, to be honest'.
Guardiola's side will win the Premier League title if they beat United in Saturday's derby clash at the Etihad Stadium, but defeating his old boss adds little extra motivation for the 26-year-old.
"In the end, if other people don't do it, I don't mind!" "But I thought for me the probability of the type of football that I can play at City will suit me the best".
That's all fair enough, but it's the next part that really paints a picture of his time at Chelsea. "It happens. I don't think it's something bad", he said. I think we did really well this season.