Liverpool forward Mo Salah has topped off a fantastic 2017 by being named the African continent’s finest player by the BBC.

The 25-year-old moved from Roma to the Premier League club in the summer and has made an immediate impact, scoring 13 goals to be the division’s top scorer, and 19 goals in all competitions.

The Egyptian also was a major reason that his country qualified for the 2018 World Cup – something they had failed to do since 1990.

The attacker beat Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal, and Nigeria's Victor Moses to win the award following a record number of votes that were cast.

"I am very happy to win this award," he said.

"It's always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I'm very happy."