Peter Crouch has put his backing behind Mohamed Salah to reclaim the PFA Player of the Year crown rather than Jordan Henderson.
Midfielder Henderson is expected to win the annual gong, voted for by his fellow professional footballers, after captaining Liverpool to their maiden Premier League crown, their first title in three decades.
The England international has been in sensational form and provided the backbone on and off the field for the Reds’ success.
But for Liverpool striker Crouch reckons that despite Henderson being a worthy front runner for the award, he would have selected Salah – who has bagged 21 goals in 40 appearances this season and won the accolade two years ago.
“It’s got to be a Liverpool player,” Crouch said in his Daily Mail column. “I love Kevin De Bruyne, but how could someone from Liverpool not win it after the season they have had?
“Jordan Henderson would have an outstanding chance and if he ended up being chosen, I wouldn’t argue.
“I remember when he signed for Liverpool, it felt as if he was lucky to be there. But now, really, they are lucky to have him. He took over the captaincy from a legend, did things his own way and now has the trophies to go with it.
“But my pick would be Mohamed Salah. It might sound boring but I look at it this way — he has now outstripped Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez, he scores in all the big games and he has been integral for Klopp.
“We shouldn’t be immune to his greatness. He is on a completely different level.”
Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish reckons that Henderson will go down as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever skippers.
“I saw somebody who was better than what we had at that time in that position,” Dalglish said.
“That was on the pitch. Then when you get into discussions, he was very balanced, his dad came with him for the conversations, which was – for me – a good sign.
“He had a secure home life, which helps, and he was determined to be a success in football. If I hadn’t given him a chance, it would have been me who would have been wrong. I’m not being modest – you see something you like and you get it.
“He will be the only Liverpool captain who has lifted this trophy, but is Club World Cup winner as well. He is up there with the captains who have picked up the Champions League.
“The great thing about the success I think is the common bond between everybody. You need a really good dressing room to be successful.”