The Anfield favourite has been nominated for Best Premier League Transfer Ever, but where does he rank among other PL legends? Read on and vote below.
When a player signs for a new club, there is always an expectation for them to hit the ground running in front of their new supporters. In many cases, it doesn’t happen, but there have been a few exceptions.
In the summer of 2017, Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah signed for Liverpool from Roma for a then club-record fee of £43.9million, completing a new look forward line alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. He became the club’s first signing of the window, and was soon to be joined by Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
No stranger to the Premier League, this was Salah’s second stint in England having previously signed for Chelsea in 2014 – but he only made 13 League appearances across two seasons at Stamford Bridge. After impressing in Italy for both Fiorentina and Roma, this move to Anfield was a chance for redemption – and he certainly took it.
Although the Reds ultimately came up short in both the Premier League and Champions League, his first season back saw individual success for Salah: 32 goals in 36 games saw him claim the Premier League golden boot and receive the League, PFA and FWA Player of the Season awards.
Salah continued this form into his second season, scoring 22 times in an ever-present League campaign as Liverpool continued to strengthen under Jurgen Klopp.
Although they would miss out on the title by just one point, Salah won his first trophy with the club as they went on to avenge the previous season’s heartbreak and win the Champions League in Madrid.
A third year on Merseyside established him as one of the League’s, if not Europe’s, best. Goalscoring consistency continued as he helped his side capture a first League title in 30 years alongside the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Alongside Mane and Firmino, the Egyptian was part of a truly breath-taking front three which terrorised defences week in, week out. In more recent seasons, Salah has continued to add more trophies, such as the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Community Shield, completing his collection in England.
Perhaps what is most impressive when looking back at the now 30-year-old’s move is his transition from traditional winger to a more complete, and ruthless goalscorer.
120 goals in 186 league appearances saw him inducted into the Premier League 100 Club in just five seasons; a true icon of the modern era who will be remembered as one of the League’s most frightening forwards.