The Anfield faithful had been waiting for this a long time. Many sources had declared the transfer as good as done. Almost two weeks left and all that remained was the transfer to be made official.
And what a way the club made it official !
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) June 22, 2017
Liverpool fans can barely keep their excitement hidden after this transfer. After all , the 25 year old is one of the best wingers in World football right now and his exponential pace is sure to provide Liverpool with another dimension. On paper, it looks like a shrewd piece of business for the club. A marquee signing, that too possibly a bargain .
So what does Salah bring to Liverpool and how does Klopp intend to use him ?
Well the answer to the question is this.
Exhirating pace and an eye for goal along with it.
There is a reason why there is so much excitement around this transfer at Liverpool – the mouth watering prospect of Salah on one wing and Mane on the other. Pure burning pace on both the wings is surely what the opposition defences wouldn’t have wanted. And complement that with players like Coutinho and Firmino, Liverpool have quite an attack at their disposal next season.
Also this transfer might possibly mean the end of Liverpool’s hoodoo against the smaller teams(especially in the absence of Sadio Mane) who were happy to sit back and defend. As Liverpool lacked pace, they became one dimensional and predictable which made it easier to defend against them. But now, with both Mane and Salah, the Reds have plenty of speed on the wings and will also be supplied by more width, making it easier to score for them.
But there’s a bit of a problem. Sadio Mane was Liverpool’s best player last season, and he played on the right last season. Salah too, played on the right for AS Roma, a position in which he excelled. He scored and assisted goals for fun in the Serie A.
So how does Klopp accomodate them both ?
There are many possibilities.
The most straight switch right now looks to be to switch the left footed Egyptian to the left and keep Sadio Mane on the right supported by probably Firmino or Sturridge in the middle. That would also mean Coutinho being shifted to the midfield.
Or Jurgen Klopp could keep new boy Salah on the right, deploy Sadio Mane as a striker and keep Philippe Coutinho on the left. Mane has experience playing as a forward in the league, and this tactic ensures a lethal mix of trickery and pace in the Liverpool attack.
However, it is really difficult to be in Jurgen Klopp’s shoes and that too at this point of time, when Liverpool will be probably signing 4 – 5 more players.
Many critics have sighted Mohammed Salah’s failed stint at Chelsea (Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Daniel Sturridge – remember anyone?) as a possible hurdle for Salah and Liverpool. But, he was just afforded 13 Premier games for Chelsea, a majority of them as a substitute. That is too little to deem a then 21 year old player, as a failure.
Hopefully, the signing can push Liverpool to the next level this season, and though a few more signings are required, this is a step in the right direction.