I have been bombarded with messages from fans of rival teams questioning Liverpool’s decision to spend £35million on “Chelsea reject,” AS Roma’s Egyptian winger Mohammed Salah.
People have questioned the logic of Liverpool spending a hefty sum on a player who couldn’t cut it in the Premiership and normally I would agree with that line of thinking- until I consider the fact that Chelsea is the team in question.
Players such as talented Belgian duo Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, a player they later re-signed for £21 million, were deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea.
This being said, I want to dispel the notion that failing to make the grade as a youngster at Chelsea means that you are a bad player, primarily because Chelsea FC is far from being the holy grail of youth development in World football.
As for Salah’s former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, who is currently sucking the life out of the potentially world class Anthony Martial at Manchester Utd., is readily proving he isn’t the greatest manager when it comes to procuring young talent either.
“He is blessed with wonderful dribbling ability, blistering pace and an eye for goals”
A manager whom I do trust to get the best out of players is Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Eyebrows would’ve undoubtedly been raised when he parted with £34 million and then £25 million for the services of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum, but they both turned out to be good signings.
To say that Klopp has an eye for talent and an uncanny knack of being able to pluck players from relative obscurity for them to later transform into world class players is an understatement, with Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang instantly springing to mind. Because of this I have an assurance that if Jurgen Klopp believes that paying £35million for Mo Salah is a good bit of business then I have to trust him because his track record speaks volumes.
Salah has only just turned 25, meaning that Liverpool are signing an experienced player who is approaching the peak of his powers. He is blessed with wonderful dribbling ability, blistering pace and an eye for goal and since going to Italy his stats have been quite good.
At Roma he scored 29 goals in 65 league games which is very good for a winger and a far cry from the player who only managed a measly 2 league goals for Chelsea. The sheer pace and direct nature of Salah’s game suits Liverpool’s high-octane approach to a tee and it will be delightful seeing him link up with Liverpool’s creative players.
All in all, I am extremely excited at the prospect of seeing Mo Salah don the famous red jersey of Liverpool football club. His arrival will mean that playmaker Philippe Coutinho will be able to operate from a more central position where I believe he is most effective. Salah is a very good attacking player who is entering the prime of his career and a player who will undoubtedly improve Liverpool’s squad.
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