Mohamed Salah has been in extraordinary form this season and Jamie Redknapp believes the Egyptian has been turned into a ‘great’ player by Jurgen Klopp.
I resent him for leaving, but I can’t deny that moving to Manchester City in 2015 was a decision that has seen Raheem Sterling transformed from a player with bags of potential into one of the Premier League’s highest flyers.
The Englishman has scored 20 goals and provided 10 assists this season, excelling under Pep Guardiola. Last night, he won his first piece of silverware in the League Cup and will be named a Premier League winner soon enough.
While I am loathe to praise the Englishman after the way he left the club and fans will be just as unwilling to read such compliments, his rise to prominence is comparable to the way Mohamed Salah has become one of the Premier League’s very best players.
Salah has scored 31 goals this season and while I have seen a few opposition supporters calling him a one-hit wonder, his form this season is just a continuation of his development during his career.
The biggest difference is the impact that Jurgen Klopp has had on him. The player himself revealed last week that the German manager has him playing closer to the goal than any other manager has before.
The result? Salah has equalled Luis Suarez’ best season with Liverpool and the month of February isn’t even over yet.
Jamie Redknapp believes that Brendan Rodgers wasn’t praised enough for the way he turned Luis Suarez into the striker he is today and doesn’t want the same happening with Klopp and Salah.
The Sky Sports pundit told the Daily Mail: “When Suarez was at Anfield, all the focus was on him and very little attention went to the man who told him what to do. Brendan Rodgers was almost an afterthought.
“When Suarez was at Ajax, he was a good player. When he went to Liverpool, he turned into a great one. At some stage, we have to credit the coach.
“So we should not sweep what Jurgen Klopp is doing under the carpet.”
Redknapp continued: “Salah was good at Roma but he’s become great at Liverpool.
“Sometimes, a player can have the right manager at the right club at the right time. That’s what is happening now.”