Alex Rogers reviews the incredible debut season Mohamed Salah had at Liverpool after joining from AS Roma last summer for £37 million.
The date is the 22nd of June 2017 and Liverpool have just announced a new signing; the fast-paced and explosive Mohamed Salah from Roma for £37million. The general consensus is Liverpool have done a great bit of business here and he could provide a good attacking outlet for the Reds.
What happened next shook the whole world.
Fast forward a year and Salah is a global superstar with everyone knowing his name. Even my nan knows who he is!
But how did this happen? There are a lot of factors to HOW and WHY he shot to stardom but to put it in the most basic way possible, he scored a lot of goals – an unprecedented number of goals, setting a new record for goals in a Premier League season with 32.
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Not to mention the 34 personal accolades he won, including PFA Player of the Year.
He’s currently listed at 7/2 to win the Ballon d’Or, only behind Ronaldo and Messi, you know, two of the most influential players of all time. That’s nuts.
He’s only been at Liverpool a year and he’s already considered one of the best in the world. If he can keep this form up for years to come then he genuinely will be one of the best.
Not every player can adapt to Liverpool’s style of play, it’s a very specific type of football we play that you need certain qualities to do well in. Mo just works in this system. It’s like it was made for him! Couple that with his telepathic links to Firmino and Sadio and obviously we are going to have one of the best attacks in the world.
His football has undoubtedly been on another level this year, you can’t argue that. But there’s another aspect to why he is already written into Liverpool folklore and a big part of it isn’t because of his football. It’s because of Mo.
Salah has captured the hearts of millions. Scousers, Egyptians and everyone in between can just see that what Salah brings to the world as a whole is a positive impact.
I don’t want to get too political so I’ll keep this bit short but the fact that one of the football idols is a devout Muslim is nothing but great. In a world where Islamophobia is rife and, unfortunately, far too common, it’s amazing to see people from all communities come together in celebration of Salah.
Without getting too deep, I truly believe Salah has made the world a better place.
But enough about world peace, remember that time Salah tore Spurs a new one in the 2-2 draw at Anfield? Now THAT was a special goal. Also remember that time Salah curled one into the top left off the woodwork against his old team, Roma, in a Champions League semi-final?
Ooh and remember when he outmuscled nearly the whole Everton defence to tuck one in top bag?
I could go on all day but the point is Salah is a world class player. He’s truly one of those special players that come out of nowhere. His season has been one of the most joyous things to watch and despite losing the final, I can’t help but smile at the amazing ride we’ve had that wouldn’t have been possible without Mohamed Salah.
And I thought Suarez was good!
Salah has undoubtedly earned everything he’s won this year and it’s so cruel that the Champions League just slipped through our fingers at the last hurdle. Despite this, Salah has been 10/10.
A world class player. A world class person. A world class season.