Mo Salah has the potential to become one of Liverpool’s all-time greats.
When Mo Salah joined Liverpool during the summer transfer window many criticised Jurgen Klopp’s business in the market.
It wasn’t that Salah was viewed as a bad signing, more so that Liverpool were in need of options in other areas. Many felt that Liverpool strengthening in central midfield and at centre half would progress the club massively.
This was a fair assumption. Naby Keita was signed to join the club this summer and Virgil Van Dijk was eventually brought in to shore up the defence in January. But how well has the club’s marquee performance from the summer performed?
In truth the Egyptian has performed to levels rarely seen before in the Premier League. Scoring 35 goals in 39 games as well as providing 10 assists mean that Salah is getting over one goal contribution in every game.
It has to be added also that Salah has without doubt turned into the signing of the summer. Liverpool paid over £37 million pounds for the winger, a fee that now seems like day-light robbery.
What is most impressive about this is that Salah has played most games this season off the right of Liverpool’s attacking trio. The ex-Roma man has almost mirrored his game on Arjen Robben but in the past three seasons, his numbers have been excellent.
19 goals and 15 assists last year was what caught the eyes of the Liverpool scouts. But 15 goals and 9 assists the previous year was also impressive in a league known for defensive-styled football.
What has been so exciting about the winger is that he appears to be highly predictable, yet stopping is nigh on impossible. So many goals this season have seen Salah cut inside on his stronger left foot, open up his body and bend the ball around the keeper into the top corner.
Few players in the world can do it with such aplomb.
It must be remembered that Salah is still just 25 years-old. With his best days in front of him, fans on Merseyside must be salivating at the thought of the Egyptian finally delivering a Premier League title to Anfield. His best years are still ahead of him.
An interesting addition to Salah’s resume this year is the fact that he appears to truly care about his team. There is a clear want and will to win every game. So many times this season when Liverpool have conceded Salah has reacted with total anger, underlining how passionate a footballer he is.
Few will forget the videos that circulated on Facebook when Salah’s Egypt side qualified for the World Cup. Mass celebrations when Salah scored the first, despair and rage when Congo equalised. This was epitomised by images of Salah punching the floor in fury.
In the style of a true leader, he tucked away a last-minute penalty to produce scenes of total jubilation.
Egypt had not qualified for a World Cup since 1990, but the nation’s new footballing king put a change to that.
Salah is much more than your normal talented footballer. He is a leader of men delivering crucial goals when needed most.
Anfield had a King in Kenny Dalglish, a God in Robbie Fowler and a Captain Fantastic in Steven Gerrard.
It’s now looking likely that the famous ground is going to add to its list of kings, this time with an Egyptian one.