Egyptian footballers have tried their hand out at Premier League football and have often failed to succeed. Mohamed Salah, when he transferred to Chelsea in 2014 was a slow-rider to say the least. He was a substitute off the bench a few times but didn’t exactly do well. The club moved him on to Italy, where Fiorentina offered him a loan-sail at first and then moved him onto Roma on a permanent sale where he played one season.
In that season, he did well with front-players such as Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti. Having seen his performances there, Liverpool made a bid of 38 million pounds. They were in need of an innovative attacker that could complement their flexible duo of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. This time, he took to the Premier League like a shark to water as he was ferocious in his approach due to the fact that the team composed of a high defense that played high quantum football.
He recently scored a quadruple in a defeat of Watford and that took his tally to 28 goals for the season in 30 PL appearances and 8 goals in other competitions. Salah is mostly on track to beat the Premier League record of 34 goals set by legends Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. Luis Suarez was the last Liverpool forward to set this kind of landmark in English football with 31 goals.
WATCH: Mohamed Salah’s 4 goals against Watford
Moreover, he’s produced in the games that are most relevant. Something to be commanded is that he’s a wide-forward that likes to drift-in but drift-wide as well. Salah’s become a complete player due to his exploits in Roma, where he scored only 15 goals but set the league alight by also assisting Edin Dzeko to a top-starrer gong within the squad.
A character that is special in him is that he was always meant for the Premier League, but in his short period at Chelsea with Jose Mourinho he was a flash in the pan that was bought on his Champions League success with FC Basel. He seldom scored a goal or two, but this time around the energetic “defending from the front” or “charging” technique of the Liverpool team has helped him get the Pharaoh out of him, with the paper all rolled out and ready to mummify any opponent on hand.
He’s nearly doubled the rate at which he’s scored and has terrorized opponents which has lead to premature replications of Lionel Messi’s style of play as some have said that the Argentinean was deemed not good enough to match the Goals: Matches ratio if he was in the Premier League. It was said he, “He would suffer on a cold rainy night at Stoke”, but Salah has succeeded in that as well as he’s made it a point to score against the defensively solid teams too. Case in point ; the 1-1 game against Chelsea and the 4-3 fixture against Manchester City.
His efforts this season have lead to outrageous transfer links with Barcelona and Real Madrid, that somehow doesn’t seem realistic at all. It is obvious that he won’t be in the same form again next season unless they have a miraculous season again. For now, they need to fight it out for the Silver Medal and lay focus on an important two-legged fixture against Manchester City in the Champions League Quarter Final.
The way he has gone about his business this season, he’s sure to contend for the PFA Player of the Year Award, which is a contagious award to receive, along with also being mentioned in the PFA Team Of The Year. One failure this season on his part would be to win the Premier League title, which they are mathematically not out of, but in real terms they’re done for. Salah has also spoken about his desire to respect manager Jurgen Klopp as he said, “”He changed something in me. Now I play closer to the goal than in any club before. If you see my goals and everything I did in my last four or five years, every year is better than the year before.
“It’s a dream to win the Premier League here after a long time,” he said.
“A club that hasn’t won it for a long time, it’s my dream — honestly. I want to win it with this club.” Said Squakwa news.