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THE RECHRISTENED LIVERPOOL’S MOHAMMED SALAH

The Egyptian has grown into a world beater at Liverpool under the German manager, Jurgen Klopp. After an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho where playing time was difficult to earn for the Egyptian “messi” with Chelsea boasting weight of talents in his position with the likes of the indispensable Eden Hazard, German Andre Schurrle, Willian and his compatriot Oscar all vying for the same spot, it seemed quite difficult for the now most lethal EPL forward as Jose Mourinho favoured Oscar in his number 10 role. Eden Hazard and Willian were favoured on the wings while Mo’Salah was further behind Andre Schurlle in the pecking order.

 

After signing for Chelsea in a 11million pounds deal from swiss side Fc Basel, Mo’salah made his debut for Chelsea on September 2014 playing the last eight minutes of Chelsea 4-2 home win in place of Cesc Fabregas. He made his first start in the home game against bottom side Bolton wanderers in the league cup in a 2-1 win. He scored against stoke city and also in a cameo during the 6-0 thumping of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in his 1000th game in charge of the gunners, but that was all Mo’salah did at Chelsea and with no  adequate game time under his belt, he had to seek a move elsewhere.

 

On the 2nd of February 2015 which was transfer deadline day he made the move across Italy to join Fiorentina on an 18 month loan deal, the deal made way for Chelsea sealing the signature of Colombian ace Juan Cuadrado.

 

At Fiorentina, he chose the #74 shirt in respect of the Port Said stadium riot in his homeland. He made his debut 6 days after signing, coming off the bench in the 65th minutes to replace Joaquin in a 3-2 win over Atalanta, Mo’salah scored his first goal against Sassuolo on February 14 and also providing an assist in the match. He scored his first European goal for Fiorentina against Tottenham. His brace against Juventus was one of the marquee goals he scored amongst many others.

 

Mo’salah left Fiorentina for Italian powerhouse As Roma on loan from Chelsea before deal was later made permanent, a move that made Fiorentina report Chelsea to FIFA for a charge of breach of contract. Chelsea and Salah were later cleared of any wrongdoing. On his AS Roma debut, the Egyptian won the serie A player of the season, scoring 14 serie A goals and assisting 6 others. One of his goals was against his former side Fiorentina, a match in which he played both a hero and villain, getting sent off for two bookable offences.

 

After the 2016/2017 season, Liverpool came calling and Salah was made the club’s record signing at the time after completing a 48m pounds deal from As Roma and the rest we know is history in the making as he has taken the Premier League by storm. His direct runs, close ball control, lightening pace and his goal poaching instinct has added significantly to Liverpool’s lethal presence on the counter. Salah has been utilized in all position up front.

 

This season, while playing as a right wing forward, the Egyptian has 27 appearances 24goals, 8 Assists and an average rating of 7.9 per game. As a centre forward, he has made 3 appearances, 2 goals,0 assist with an average rating of 8.43 per game; And as a sub, he has 2 appearances,2 goals and 0assist and an average rating of 7.38 per game, while as a centre attacking midfielder, he has 1 appearance, 0 goals and 1assist with a rating of 7.74.

 

In Europe for Liverpool the champions league precisely he has been outstanding with 6 goals in 8 appearances,1assist, 4.3 shot per game and 73.1% pass success, with only 0.1 aerial duel won, the Egyptian’s only weakness. Despite his contributions and having played 592 mins of football, Salah didn’t win any MOTM in the UCL, but his calm and solo goal against FC Porto makes him a candidate for one of the best UCL goals this season.

 

In the EPL, he has 2214 mins under his belt which equates to 26 apps (2 as sub), 24goals, 8 assists, 4 shots per game, pass success of 77.8%, 0.4 aerial duel won, unlike in Europe he has 6 MOTM awards in the bag and a total rating of 7.75 this added to his FA CUP 1goal in 1 apps. The Egyptian has taken the whole world by storm.

So far this season, he has 41 apps, 2806 mins, 33 goals,9 assists,0 yellow card,0 red card,4.1 shot per game, pass success percent of 76.9%,0.3 aerial duel won,6 MOTM awards, and a rating of 7.85% per game.

 

His goal in the 4nil demolition of Bournemouth saw him became the joint second fastest player to reach 20 goals for Liverpool in his 26th apps only behind George Allan who reached the milestone in 19 apps in 1895.

 

The Premier League can boast of another superstar. A player who gives goalkeepers and defenders sleepless nights, a player who bangs in goals with reckless abandon, his lightening pace is a perfect ingredient to succeed in the EPL. Currently, you can’t speak about the EPL without having on your lips the name MOHAMMED SALAH GHALY and remember the best is yet to come from this young man.EPL coaches, defenders, there is FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN.

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