Mohamed Salah.

What Jermaine Jenas said about Mo Salah earlier this season now looks rather silly

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It's fair to say that almost nobody would have predicted that Mohamed Salah would have the impact he has done this season.

The Egyptian has had an extraordinary season, having already notched an incredible 37 goals in 41 appearances for his side in all competitions.

He has shattered a plethora of records and looks the favourite to win the PFA Player of the Year award.

His scintillating displays have won the praise of many in the football world, and one man that has been impressed is Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, who even claimed that Salah is probably the greatest African to grace the Premier League.

When asked whether he was the best African to ever play in England's top tier last month, Gerrard said.  "Yes, probably. I think you have to wait to see how he finishes the season, but if he continues to get goals and set a record, then you have to say yes."


The Egyptian had a disappointing spell at Chelsea a few years back, so when Jurgen Klopp decided to shell out £37.1 million for his services last summer, naturally he had his doubters.

But he has proven a lot of football fans wrong, including BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas.

Jenas will want to take back the comments he made about the Egyptian prior to the start of the season.

Although he admitted Salah was a good player, he stated his belief that he was not good enough to help Liverpool to a top-four finish.

"I remember speaking to a couple of Chelsea players about Salah, who spent a couple of years at Stamford Bridge, and they weren’t particularly impressed with him," he told GQ magazine in August.


"He has obviously improved since and going on his pre-season performances he looks very sharp. Salah is definitely a good addition to the Liverpool squad, but not necessarily enough to bring them a top-four place."

That prediction has not aged well. Liverpool are currently positioned in 3rd in the Premier League, and look all but certain to gain Champions League football for next season. A lot of that has to do with Salah's performances.


Just a few weeks into the season, Salah had already proven he was going to be a Premier League star with two goals and two assists in his first three games.

But after Liverpool got trounced 5-0 away at Manchester City, Jenas thought that Salah had not done enough to keep his place in the team.

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He even hinted that he would lose his place to Adam Lallana upon his return from injury.

"He has been brilliant so far but, does Mo Salah even start for Liverpool if Coutinho is back in the team?" Jenas said on BBC Radio 5 Live, per the Liverpool Echo. "You've got Adam Lallana to come in as well.

"Liverpool have been very good against the other sides in the top six for the past few years.

"The best way for them to defend is to get in the opposition's faces and press high up the pitch."

Oh, Jermaine. Salah has well and truly proved you wrong. 

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