Mohamed Salah wasn't Jurgen Klopp's first-choice target ahead of record move

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It’s safe to say, Mohamed Salah has been one of Liverpool’s greatest signings in recent years.

The winger arrived from AS Roma for a club record fee ahead of last season and wasted no time in becoming an Anfield star.

Scoring on his debut against Watford would prove to be the start of something very special for Salah at Liverpool.

The ‘Egyptian King’ went on to bag 44 goals in 52 appearances that season, helping The Reds to a fourth place finish alongside reaching the Champions League final.

He also ended the campaign as the league’s top scorer, finding the net on 32 occasions.

This season is proving to be no different either.

With 10 league goals to his name, Salah tops the leading scorer chart yet again, alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


He’s continuing to prove that it was a stroke of genius from Jurgen Klopp to bring him to Merseyside.

However, the Liverpool boss has admitted that Salah wasn’t his first choice when it came to bringing a new winger to Anfield last year.

According to The Times, Klopp wanted Bayer Leverkusen youngster Julian Brandt instead.

The 22-year-old has undoubtedly impressed in Germany and was even awarded a World Cup call-up ahead of Leroy Sane in the summer.

But what changed Klopp’s mind?

Well, Liverpool fans will have the club’s recruitment team to thank for Salah’s arrival as they were the ones who convinced the boss to snap up the Egyptian winger.


However, The Reds may have signed Salah anyway even if they did swoop for Brandt.

That’s because the German international later revealed that he didn’t want a move away in order to keep his World Cup dream alive.

“My gut feeling and my head are telling me the time to move has not arrived yet,” he told kicker.

“I have to straighten things out in Leverkusen.

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“Of course there are players who say a year without European football before the World Cup is a good reason to move.

“But if you move to a bigger club a year before the World Cup, you risk taking time at first to settle which possibly means playing fewer games.”

With Salah scoring over triple the amount of league goals Brandt bagged last season, it seems the recruitment team definitely made the right call.

Liverpool fans, how many goals do you think Salah will score this season? Have your say in the comments below.

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