Mo Salah has paid a huge tribute to former team-mate Daniele de Rossi, who is leaving AS Roma this summer.
The 35-year-old is not being offered a new deal in Italy, meaning he’ll depart the team he has played for his entire career – ever since making a full debut in 2001.
It’s very unlikely that Liverpool will have interest in the ageing midfielder, who won a World Cup in 2006 – but Salah would appreciate it if we did!
“He [De Rossi] is a legend,” Salah told Sky Italia, cited in Calcio Mercato. “I’d like to play with him again as it will be nothing less than thrilling.
“De Rossi is a legend of Italian football and a close friend. I saw his last game and the love of fans who thanked him for what he did for the club. He is one of the best players I’ve ever played with.”
In De Rossi’s position though we have Fabinho, whose form during the second half of this season has been nothing short of exemplary.
The rangy Brazilian offers tackling, interceptions, forward passes and physicality to the middle of our side – which in turn allows Jordan Henderson a more advanced role to his right.
Fabinho passes the ball faster than Hendo, and by anchoring the team, allows the captain more freedom to burst into the box and cover every blade of grass.
With Gini Wijnaldum on the left of the trio, we have an excellent, balanced midfield – not to mention evergreen James Milner, Naby Keita and fit again Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The latter two will be hoping to earn starting roles next term, but one thing is for sure – the competition for places is outstanding and will only help us.