The 2017-18 Premier League season will be remembered for Manchester City’s brilliance.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been nothing short of breathtaking and they can end the campaign by setting new records for most points and goals scored in history.
But it’s not just Man City, recently crowned champions, who have stolen the limelight this season.
When Liverpool paid £34.3 million for Mohamed Salah from Roma in June 2017, they were signing a player whose previous experience in England wasn’t a positive one.
His spell at Chelsea was a major disappointment. Salah shone in Italy with Roma but there would naturally be some concerns about how he would fare back in the Premier League.
Yet the Egyptian has erased those concerns with a truly stunning campaign.
Salah has scored 40 goals in all competitions for Liverpool and is the bookmakers’ favourite to win the Player of the Year award.
Liverpool scouted Salah
It was back in 2013 when Salah first caught Jurgen Klopp’s attention. “It was: ‘What the f***?!’ It was unbelievable,” Klopp, then the manager of Borussia Dortmund, would later say after a pre-season friendly against Salah’s Basel.
Klopp would track Salah’s progress at Chelsea, Fiorentina and Roma before a scouting report in 2017 forced him to make a move.
The bulk of the analysis was carried out by Liverpool’s Italy-based scout Paul Goldrick, and the message, per Goal, was simple: “This guy will score goals, trust us!”
Klopp will be glad he trusted his team, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, head of scouting Dave Fallows and chief scout Barry Hunter.
Salah has been so good that Klopp has had to deny speculation that the 25-year-old could leave Anfield, with speculation mounting that Real Madrid could make a move.
It’s easy to see why Los Blancos, who could face Liverpool in the Champions League final, would be interested in Salah.
There are doubts surrounding Gareth Bale’s future and a Salah-Cristiano Ronaldo partnership would be phenomenal.
But Klopp is adamant that Salah, whose contract expires in 2022, will remain on Merseyside for the foreseeable future.
“I know that Mo feels very comfortable here, and he knows that our style of play suits him very well, so I am not worried about a transfer,” Klopp recently told Bild, per Goal.