Garth Crooks included Mohamed Salah in his Premier League Team of the Season but there was one inclusion that Liverpool fans will be shaking their heads at.
When Salah signed in the summer from AS Roma for a fee of £37 million, although fans were excited about his arrival, not a single person knew the kind of impact he would have on both Liverpool and English football.
In just the Premier League this season, the Egyptian scored 32 goals, breaking the record held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo of 31 goals in a 38-game league season.
He also managed 10 assists and has raked in the individual awards, totaling 37 personal accolades and may well win more.
Although Andy Robertson was excluded from his Team of the Season, with Ashley Young taking his spot instead, Garth Crooks’ ode to Mohamed Salah is actually very impressive and couldn’t be more correct.
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He wrote for the BBC: “What this lad has done for Egyptian football, not to mention social cohesion, cannot be quantified. What I can tell you is there is no better place on the planet than Liverpool Football Club to appreciate the talents of Mohamed Salah. He has had the most wonderful season.
“I’m not entirely sure what I have enjoyed more – the striker bearing down on the opposition with such blistering pace and leaving defenders in his wake, or his glorious ice-cool finishes. A chorus of “Mo Salah, Mo Salah, Mo Salah” ringing around Anfield is not far behind, by the way.
“Put that all together and there cannot be a better place on the planet for a player of Salah’s class to play his football.”
Crooks’ ringing endorsement of Salah really encapsulates the impact he had on a very good Liverpool team and on the Premier League itself.
In his time with Chelsea, the winger only managed 2 goals and was labeled a flop. For him to return and score 32 goals to knick the Golden Boot from Harry Kane is truly incredible.
And with the chance to win the Champions League with Liverpool, he, in turn, has the chance to become a legend at the club before going to the World Cup with the opportunity to cement himself as an icon in Egyptian football.