Mo Salah Isn't In Europe's Best XI According To The Stats
You'd expect that pretty much anyone picking a team of the year, no matter who it's out of, would be picking Mo Salah. However the stats don't think Liverpool's shining star has been good enough to warrant a place Europe's top XI.
Mo Salah has been the standout performer across competitions this season. He went toe-to-toe with Kevin de Bruyne for two Player of the Season awards and nabbed them both ahead of the Belgian.
He's likely to be the Premier League's top scorer, despite his side likely to finish fourth, and before the season is over he could yet win the Champions League, and who would bet against him scoring the winning goal.
So good in fact has Salah's first season back in England been that people are considering whether he could win the Ballon d'Or, an award that has been duopolised by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for the past 10 years.
Basically it's been a bloody good season for the Egyptian and yet not THAT good, according to the stats. Whoscored.com have their seasonal best XI from Europe's top five league's and the former Roma player is nowhere to be seen:
It's no surprise to see Roma's Alisson in net. The Brazilian is still keeping Manchester City's Ederson out of the national team XI and has been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid and helped the Serie A side get to the Champions League semi-final.
He's joined by fellow Roman Alexander Kolarov in defence and the former Manchester City player is joined by Hannover's Salif Sané, which will probably come as a surprise to most, Schalke's Naldo and Dani Alves turns back the clock to finish off the back four.
Kevin de Bruyne's midfield spot is hardly a shock to the system and whilst Eden Hazard might not have had his best season for Chelsea it's still not THAT surprising.
Neymar might be a little lucky to be in the team considering his spent most of the second half of the season sat at home in Brazil playing poker but he did have a good start to his first season in Ligue 1.
However those of us in England will be surprised to find Florian Thauvin after the Marseille winger's failed time in the Premier League with Newcastle but he's built himself back up.
Messi and Ronaldo are in the team too, obviously.
Seriously though, no Salah?! Stats really are rubbish aren't they.