Back in 2014, Chelsea trumped Liverpool to the signing of Mohammed Salah. The Egyptian had been a thorn in the flesh of the English giants in the previous season’s Europa League campaign, scoring both home and away against the eventual winners of the competition in 2013.
Jose Mourinho signed him and then he promptly scored on his debut against Arsenal in a 6-0 wallop of the Gunners, which had Chelsea fans purring, yet he often flattered to deceive and Liverpool fans could only watch with glee as the player who has snubbed struggled so badly at West London.
He was loaned to Fiorentina in Chelsea’s league winning season of 14/15 and quietly rebuilt his reputation. He entered double digits in both goals and assists, buy still yet, couldn’t get a look in into Jose Mourinho’s team as the likes of Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas all reigned supreme.
He was often criticized for being lightweight but by going to Italy, which is almost as physical as the English game, he has worked on his upper body strength and is now ready to take the English game by storm once more.
Another loan move to Roma enhanced his reputation and wa signed on a permanent basis by The Giallorossi, another wicked example of Chelsea’s ruthless loan policy, in which players who are deemed unsuitable are farmed out quickly.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have looked very pedestrian particularly against the smaller teams. They turn on the screw aginst the big boys, but struggle to find motivation aagainst lesser teams.
There is a project going on at Anfield, which is to see Liverpool win the league at least once in the next 5 years, and with Klopp in charge, they have a manager capable of mixing it with the best Europe has to offer. Salah wants another chance to prove he belongs to English football, and perhaps show Chelsea why they were wrong to sell him. There I’ll be no better incentive.