It was just nine games into his Premier League career, but Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mo Salah has already become the most important player in Jürgen Klopp’s side.
Salah’s first season in England has been as prolific as it has been surprising. The 23-year-old was the Premier League’s top scorer with 31 goals in 35 appearances at the start of this season, with his eight hat-tricks including one against Leeds United in November. He scored again against Marco Silva’s side at Anfield in February, although it was a derby to forget for Liverpool as relegation-threatened Burnley won 3-2. Yet he still went on to set up the winner against Newcastle United last weekend.
The £34m signing from Roma has also linked up superbly with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, and looks ready to have a long, successful relationship with the Germany coach, who has come out in full support of his compatriot.
“He’s a tremendous talent, we know it,” Klopp said of Salah, who was the most expensive Egyptian player in history. “And we’re all convinced that he is still building his own capacity. We’re looking forward to helping him – we are just trying to support him. He’s a wonderful player.”