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Jurgen Klopp reveals why he was concerned about Liverpool signing Mohamed Salah

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Mohamed Salah has been a revelation for Liverpool this season in a position many fans thought they were set.

A few eyebrows were raised when Liverpool parted with all of £34 million for the Egyptian from Roma, but with 18 goals and four assists before Christmas, he has to be considered one of the signings of the season.

Most Liverpool fans were crying out for a defender in the summer, but, instead, they got a former Chelsea man who hadn't quite cut the mustard in the Premier League previously.

So what went wrong for Salah at Stamford Bridge? Boss Jurgen Klopp doesn't think anyone is necessarily to blame.

"He was a kid. We all need confidence. We all need help from outside, especially as a young player in a foreign, very strong, very demanding league,' Klopp said.

"There is nobody to blame at Chelsea, they had a fantastic team. But if we'd played him only five times this season and said: 'Okay, you need to improve you are not used to our system', then he could not perform like this."

While Salah has been a massive hit alongside Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, Klopp has also admitted he very nearly didn't sign the 2017 African Player of the Year for an understandable reason.

"His speed is his speed, it doesn't depend on which league he's in. That is clear,' said Klopp. 'Of course we had to look at a lot of his games to see about other parts, physicality, being strong enough for challenges.

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"But you see now, he is. I met him of course at one point and he looked ready. If you watch him only on television he looks quite skinny, I said before the scouting department did a fantastic job around him. They didn't get out of our ears. It was 100 per cent, he is ready, he is ready.

"At one point, we were all sure he was ready. And that's how it looks now."

It seems the scouting department at Anfield was certain the 25-year-old had the credentials to succeed in England and thus far, they've been proved right.

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