Liverpool's owners 'bitched' to Roma about Mo Salah after signing him last summer

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AS Roma's players ought to be very scared heading into tonight's Champions League semi-final showdown with Liverpool at Anfield.

Not only do they face a side in top form, but they come against former teammate Mohamed Salah, who has been nothing short of unstoppable this season.

Forty-one goals in all competitions - 31 of which in the Premier League and eight in the Champions League - saw the Egyptian named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday.

Records have tumbled in Salah's debut season at Liverpool and he needs just one more league goal to break the record for most goals in a 38-game season.

Salah scored in both legs of the quarter-final victory over Manchester City and he is looking to make the same kind of impact against his old employers in the semi-finals.

"I played for Roma for two years, I had a great time with the club, with the fans, I fought for the club and now I have to play against them," said the 25-year-old.

"I'm very excited to go there and I love the fans, they love me, [there are] more emotions. I hope we are going to win but also I wish them good luck."


Liverpool signed Salah for just £36.9 million last summer and Roma must be kicking themselves that they didn't get a lot more for the Egypt international.

However, according to Roma chief James Pallotta, Liverpool were actually hesitant to even spend that much, with owner John W Henry suggesting they overpaid at the time.

In a conversation with Pallotta, Henry 'bitched' about how £36.9 million was too much for Salah, who only had a year remaining on his contract at Roma.


Pallotta explained to ESPN: "I told him (Henry) that because he was sort of bitching a little about, 'Did we overpay? I think we overpaid,' and I said, 'I'll buy you lunch.'

"Well, when you look at it now, you can say it's an unbelievable bargain.

"The issue at the time was that when Monchi (Roma's director of football) came in, Salah wanted to leave. He had a year left on his contract so in another year you'd get nothing.

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"He wanted to go back [to the Premier League] and prove himself, which he certainly has done.

"We can't tell you that anybody else was calling for Salah at anywhere near that kind of price, so there's a lot of teams that have missed out on the great play he's had this year."

It's incredible to think that Henry 'bitched' about how Liverpool had overpaid for Salah based on the season he's had at Anfield.

Liverpool underpaid for the 25-year-old if anything and should count themselves very lucky to have signed a world-class player for so little.

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