Had he already been to Chelsea or AS Roma, Mohamed Salah was still far from being a superstar before his transfer to Liverpool last summer. But after his tremendous start to the season, the Egyptian is gradually emerging as one of the best players in the Premier League.
Reds' gunner has scored 14 times in 18 games this season, making him the current top scorer in the Premier League ahead of Harry Kane (Tottenham) and Raheem Sterling (Manchester City). Against Arsenal this Friday, Salah will be one of the main assets of Jürgen Klopp.
A journey not always easyMohamed Salah is revealed at FC Basel where he scored 20 goals in 79 matches in all competitions between 2012 and 2014. It is also in Switzerland that he made his first steps in the Champions League including two very high level matches against Chelsea in the group stage during the 2013-2014 season. The Blues then spot the Egyptian before making him sign definitively in January 2014.
But in London, Salah knows his first failure. He plays little and is therefore quickly loaned to Fiorentina in February 2015 and to Roma the following summer. A passage in Serie A is going well, the young striker being notably elected best player of the AS Roma at the end of the season 2015-2016. In August 2016, Louve, convinced of his talent, decided to offer the Pharaoh for 15 million euros.
And in Italy, Mohamed Salah lives again. His bad passage to Chelsea now behind him, the Egyptian string of world-class performances. Luciano Spalletti's centerpiece, he scored 15 goals in 31 league games and 2 goals in 6 Europa League games.
But apart from his statistics, very good for a player of the corridor, it is the impact of Salah on the Roman game that attracts the eyes of the great European stables. Finally, in June 2017, it is Liverpool who won the bet and manages to afford the services of the 25-year-old striker for 42 million euros (+ 8 million bonus).
A great start to the season at the Reds
After a failed first pass in England three years ago, many thought signing in Liverpool was not necessarily the best option for Salah. But since the beginning of the season, the Egyptian is lying all his detractors.
He goes on with great regularity matches exceptional, and forms one of the best offensive trios in Europe with Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho. With 38 goals, the Reds are also the third best attack of the Premier League. On the side of the Mersey, its speed and quality in front of the goal are wreaking havoc and the former player of FC Basel could well finish top scorer in the English championship if he continues its momentum.
Recently crowned the best African player of the year by the BBC, the Egyptian could also win the African Ballon d'Or this year. A trophy for which he will compete with Sadio Mané, his teammate in Liverpool, but also the striker of Borussia Dortmund, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
With such performances, Mohamed Salah inevitably arouses the desires of the big ones in Europe, starting with those of Real Madrid where the player would really like Zinedine Zidane. The Reds should have a hard time keeping their attacker on the next transfer window. At the Emirates Stadium this Friday evening, the Pharaoh of Liverpool could still be one of the great leaders of the shock against Arsenal.