Ian Wright has made an interesting point about Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho

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Mohamed Salah hasn't been a bad signing for Liverpool, has he?

At just £37.8 million from AS Roma, the Egyptian looks to be one of the greatest bargains in Premier League history. With an astonishing record of 43 goals and 11 assists in 49 games this season, Salah is even being touted for an outside chance at the Ballon d'Or.

The statistics don't lie and if Salah can bag the Champions League trophy and start next season well, there's every reason to suggest he'll be in with a shout.

And speaking of the Champions League, Liverpool will be hoping their star man can produce the goods for them once again ahead of tonight's semi-final first leg with Roma.

The Reds will be looking to replicate their heroics against Manchester City and transport a hearty aggregate advantage to 'The Eternal City' next month.

Ian Wright praises Mohamed Salah

One man who has been waxing lyrical about Salah ahead of the clash has been Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright.

In his weekly column for The Sun, the Arsenal legend compared the Liverpool man to Arsenal legends such as Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.

Wright penned: "Before it’s pointed out, I’m well aware that Salah has to do it for many years before he can be spoken of as one of the all-time greats.


"Yet in terms of a debut season in English football? Well, I have to say the Liverpool hero has managed something not even those two Arsenal legends achieved.

"Never before has an overseas player made such a sensational impact in his debut season at a Prem club — even if he had a fleeting taste of life over here as a young player.

"That’s why he was 100 per cent the correct choice to be named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night."

Wright makes interesting Coutinh-Salah point

Too right, Ian, and the 54-year-old then proceeded to make a very interesting point about Salah's goal scoring form on the legacy of Philippe Coutinho.

"It says much about what he’s done for Liverpool that Brazilian maestro Philippe Coutinho has rarely been mentioned since he joined Barcelona," Wright continued.

"In hindsight, that’s probably why Klopp never kicked up a fuss about him going in the first place.

"The Liverpool boss knew he had a player who better suited the pattern."

Wright might just be onto something here.


There can be little doubting that Salah's form has taken away from Coutinho leaving and if Salah hadn't been scoring so regularly, it's more than likely that Klopp would have been more concerned.

And while Coutinho certainly suited Klopp's playing style, too, Salah has taken it to with even greater ease.

Frankly, when Salah is smashing in 40 a season, who have to ask: 'Philippe, who?'

Do you think Coutinho's exit will harm Liverpool in the long-term? Have your say in the comments section below.

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