Aaron Curry is excited to finally get to see Mo Salah in action in the coming weeks and explains the impact he believes the Egyptian can have at LFC.
It is clear to see that Mohamed Salah has come a long way since being labelled a “flop” in his days at Chelsea.
The Egyptian winger has posted some impressive numbers since moving to Serie A outfit Roma and he seems keen on continuing to hit – and hopefully improving on – those standards at Liverpool.
19 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season led to a total of 31 goal contributions, which is made even more impressive when realising that this was achieved in only 43 appearances.
In fact, the number of goals Salah scored from the wing almost reaches a respectable number for a striker, let alone someone who plays out wide.
This is perfect for Klopp’s Liverpool plans, as he relied heavily on Sadio Mané’s pace last season.
The added pace that Salah’s presence provides will likely see the burden on Sadio reduced, due to the fact that it can now be found on both wings. Not only does it increase squad depth – covering injuries – but it also doubles one of the key aspects that made the Reds so dangerous last season.
This was made evident throughout AFCON and it was clear to see that Liverpool’s form dropped dramatically once Mané left to play for Senegal.
While Salah will also be competing in AFCON, the next tournament will be in 2019; leaving Klopp a handful of time to manoeuvre around this potential hindrance.
In a recent interview, Klopp has already expressed that one of the main reasons he was attracted to Salah, is due to his blistering pace. And, much like Klopp, Liverpool’s fanbase have no reason not to be optimistic about this signing.
The signature of Salah will also open a path for Philippe Coutinho’s much-anticipated position change.
Towards the latter stages of the previous campaign, there was plenty of talk about the Brazilian magician being converted to a central midfielder and Klopp honoured these rumours in the penultimate game of the season – away at West Ham.
During this game, he produced one of the best passes I’d seen all season; a 35-yard through ball, allowing Daniel Sturridge to net the opener. Along with this, he also managed to bag himself two sublime goals to cap off a stellar performance.
This game alone seemed to provide enough evidence that Coutinho should be a part of a midfield trio during the 2017/18 campaign. Rightly so. However, this has come to fruition even further since the signing of Salah. Occupying either wing alongside Mané, Coutinho can then be moved from left wing, down to a more central position.
While Klopp has always liked his side to be interchangeable, it would make perfect sense to drop Coutinho into a role that allows him to express his creativity. A playmaker’s role.
It also seems relatively likely that Roberto Firmino will retain his place as the ‘false 9’ centre-forward; meaning that Coutinho can also retain his seemingly telepathic linkup play with his Brazilian buddy.
At first glance, it seems as though Liverpool have signed a great player in Mohamed Salah who will most certainly add an extra dimension to the squad for next season.