Jurgen Klopp has welcomed the arrival of Liverpool newboy Mohamed Salah, turning a focus towards his admirable hunger and desire to continue improving.
The Reds boss secured the signing of his primary attacking target on Thursday with the Egyptian agreeing a five-year deal, expected to be worth around £90,000-a-week.
Recruiting another winger had emerged as a necessity this summer with Klopp desperate to inject much-needed additional width into his side having seen Sadio Mane thrive in his preferred setup last season.
Salah’s arrival certainly meets that requirement with the former Chelsea posing as a proven goalscorer equipped with the traits to help him excel in the way Mane did during his first campaign on Merseyside.
Discussing what his new signing will offer, Klopp told LFCTV: “Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us.”
“His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad. I have followed him since he emerged at Basel and he has matured into a really good player.”
“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.”
“Most important though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it. He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters.”
“He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.”
The 25-year-old returns to England out to prove a point after an unsuccessful spell with Chelsea three-and-a-half years ago, in which he only made 19 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge.
He has since polished his attributes and developed into a player with the talent to be one of the most exciting attacking stars in the Premier League.
Productive stints with Fiorentina and Roma will have given him valuable experience and are thereby sure to make him a a key man when it comes to competing in Europe.
It isn’t just the goals and pace that set him in good stead to be an inspired signing, but also his work rate and contributions when his team doesn’t have the ball.