Jurgen Klopp has waxed lyrical about Liverpool’s only major signing of the summer so far, Mo Salah…
The Egyptian arrived for a record fee almost a month ago now, making his debut in the pre-season friendly draw against Wigan on Friday – scoring our only goal to boot.
But some had reservations about the 24-year-old because of his first spell in England; in which he failed to make the grade at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho.
Klopp reminded fans that this isn’t necessarily reflective of a bad player – and that he’s been crazy about Salah since seeing him at Basel.
“A lot of players have shown it is quite easy to struggle at Chelsea. (Kevin) De Bruyne is one,” Klopp told the Telegraph.
“The only thing that we really ignored was what he did at Chelsea. When he was at Basel we (Dortmund) played them and we didn’t know him. It was ‘what the f**k?’. It was unbelievable. The moment I said ‘let’s go for him’ he was already at Chelsea.
“Then he struggled at Chelsea because it was too early. Then he went to Fiorentina and then Roma. The question is ‘what did you not see in him?’ because he played all inclusive football. He was quick, he played a lot of games, he created goals and chances and he scored by himself.”
Klopp said similar things about Sadio Mane following our capture of the Senegalese last summer, so we hope our latest addition follows the same path.
Mane scored 13 Premier League goals and made a mockery of those who doubted his £34m transfer fee.
Now, we’ve plenty of pace out wide – and with a fit Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Danny Ings and Dom Solanke up top – are very well stocked centrally as well.
Providing we boost the defence and midfield, we’ll be sorted before 2017/18 begins.