For the second consecutive month, Aaron Ramsdale has won the Premier League’s Save of the Month for his outstanding reflexes to deny Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
Our shot-stopper’s excellent reactions to push the Egyptian’s shot around the post to secure us a 2-2 draw at Anfield was recognised as the best during April by a supporters’ vote and the views of a Premier League panel.
With the game against the Reds entering the final minute, the hosts pushed forward and Trent Alexander-Arnold picked out Salah in the area. The Egyptian controlled the ball and swiftly curled a shot towards the top corner which looked destined to find its target, only for Aaron to dive full-stretch and get his fingertips to the ball and keep us level.
Speaking about the save, he said: "I just remember Salah being on his left foot and thinking he's going to cut in and try and put this in the top corner.
"It was such an emotional, mentally-draining game that you just go into autopilot and you try and find things that you do every day multiple times. Thankfully I was able to call on some of my training and tip it around the post."
That stop follows on from Aaron's crucial save in our epic 3-2 win against Bournemouth which won March's award. He's pleased he's won prizes for two vastly different pieces of goalkeeping, and feels they could provide a useful pick-me-up should he ever need reminding of his abilities.
Comparing his trophy-earning stops, he said: "The technical skill between the two is completely different - the March one saw us go on to win the game which was special, but the April one got applauded after the game by The Kop, so they're special in different ways.
"These saves are good to have for a compilation video so that when you have a dip in form or confidence, you'll be able to bring out a video of your saves from the previous season to try and remember that it's just a little blip rather than you're actually a bad keeper.
"You always want to win individual trophies for actions in games, and it's really good we have this award now for the keepers to recognise top-class saves."
Introduced at the start of this season, Aaron has now joined England teammate Nick Pope on two awards this term, but is the first back-to-back recipient.
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