Remembering Mohamed Salah and Jordi Alba's race during Roma v Barcelona in 2015

Mo Salah & Jordi Alba

Mohamed Salah has well and truly put the label 'one-season wonder' to bed in the last few months.

The Liverpool fan-favourite was unstoppable in 2017/18, scoring 32 goals in the Premier League alone - the most ever notched in a 38-game season.

However, things were a tad tougher for Salah at the start of this season, with the World Cup appearing to take a toll on him.

Salah was also still nursing the shoulder injury he infamously picked up in the Champions League final.

But now, a fully fit Salah is reminding the footballing world that he really is one of the finest forwards in the game right now, taking his goal tally to 16 in the Premier League.

He's now being primarily used as a centre-forward by Jurgen Klopp, with his close control and clinical finishing his key attributes these days.

Before his arrival at Anfield, Salah wasn't really known for those traits, with his blistering pace the characteristic he was best known for.

While he has shown his sprinter-like speed at times at Anfield, it's not something that is associated with the Egyptian as much as it previously was.

Back in his days with Roma, Salah's pace used to terrify defenders every single week and there was one race in the Champions League with Barcelona's Jordi Alba that was particularly impressive.

Salah vs Barcelona

The footage comes from Roma's group stage game at home to Barca back in 2015, a fixture which would end 1-1.

And Salah really did turn the afterburners on, leaving arguably the fastest left-back in world football for dead.


Salah bursts past the Spaniard, with the Egyptian then slowing down to try and play the ball into the box, allowing Alba to eventually catchup.

It's not often you see the Barca defender so comprehensively outpaced by an opponent.

While Salah's pace has been outweighed by his predatory finishing at Liverpool, it's still recognised by EA Sports with their FIFA franchise.

Salah's 88-rated card on Ultimate Team boasts a frightening 94 acceleration and 91 sprint speed.

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