Finally, the agony and suspense is over as Salah is now officially a Liverpool player, signing a 5-year deal with the club. After the two clubs agreed on a £34.7m fee, Salah arrived in London on Tuesday and the deal was finalised Thursday after a successful medical. Salah has unfortunately not topped LFC’s current record signing Andy Carroll, however he has become the most expensive African player of all time, topping last Summer’s spending on Sadio Mane (£34m). But can that be broken again? (Keita)
Salah will wear the number 11 shirt allowing Roberto Firmino to wear number 9. Bobby will be following in the footsteps of the likes of Torres, Rush and Fowler. I say this because it’s best to ignore our most recent number 9’s, as Carroll, Aspas, Lambert and Benteke have proved to be unworthy. Hopefully, this trend will be broken and the curse of the 9 will come to an end.
Fans will be hoping for a similar effect of the Mane signing, with the instant injection of pace, skill and goals in the side. Mane proved to be a revolution at the start of last season, introducing himself with a stunning goal against Arsenal on the opening day. Salah has the common attributes needed to be just as successful as Mane, and the stats clearly prove it.
Salah was directly involved in 26 goals (Scoring 15, assisting 11) last season, playing a pivotal role in securing Roma Champions League qualification. Second best to Edin Dzeko, Salah proved his scoring credentials from the wing, which would perfectly suit Klopp’s Liverpool.
A front 3 of Firmino, Mane and Salah will be an absolute force to be reckoned with. Firmino as a False 9 creates space for the two scoring wingers, and this attack had 39 goals combined in the league last season. The addition of Salah could prove to be, just as, if not more, pivotal than Sadio Mane last season.
Amidst all the speculation in recent weeks, with Salah’s agent and the never ending reports, to see it all finished with us actually signing the player (*cough* Van Dijk *cough*) is refreshing. All eyes will be on Salah in the opening game of the season, as Liverpool travel to Watford on the opening day of the 2016/18 premier league season. Only time will tell if he has the same instant impact as Mane had.