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Liverpool make Mohamed Salah contract a priority
It was fitting that Mohamed Salah became a Liverpool record breaker before he had even kicked a ball at Anfield, writes Paul Gorst.
It was the summer of 2017 when the Reds were in the market for a big-money attacker to supplement what was already available to Jurgen Klopp.
With Liverpool back in the Champions League for the first time in three years, Klopp was continuing to build a squad that was capable of mixing it again at the top table of European football.
Armed with a dossier of data on Salah, sporting director Michael Edwards kept a watchful eye on the attacker alongside Liverpool’s head of recruitment Dave Fallows and chief scout Barry Hunter during the Egyptian’s final year at Roma.
And they were convinced that Salah was the man to take the mantle as the most expensive player in Liverpool history.
That £36.9million fee is rarely talked about any more, but in hindsight, it has proven to be one of the greatest bargains of the modern era.
“The scouting department was really behind me, and wanted to do it even earlier so that nobody could jump in!” Klopp would later say about the decision to swoop for Salah.
“We were sure he could help us. Michael Edwards, Dave, Barry, they were really in my ear and were on it: ‘Come on, come on, Mo Salah, he’s the solution!’”
Today Salah stands as one of the finest frontmen that has ever turned out at Anfield.
His strike in the 3-3 draw at Brentford, was number 100 in the Premier League for Liverpool since he made his move. He’d added number 101 with a simply phenomenal effort in the showdown with City at Anfield.
Now inside the top 10 of all-time marksmen at Anfield, Salah became the quickest player in club history to reach the 100-goal milestone in the league when he got there one game quicker than the late, great ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt.
His two goals that were scored during an ultimately unsuccessful stint at Chelsea meant Salah had already brought up the 100 total in English football with his opening strike in the 3-0 win at Leeds last month.
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Ally McCoist makes Mo Salah claim
Mohamed Salah is very much the man of the moment.
The remarkable goal scored by the Liverpool forward in Sunday’s draw with Manchester City at Anfield has got people discussing Salah’s status as the potential best player in the world and in the Reds’ long list of great attackers.
With each passing week, it seems that the Egyptian has found another record to break as he looks to be at the peak of his powers.
Many now believe the 29-year-old has shown he is the best player in the Premier League and the world, but the jury is still out on where Salah ranks among other Liverpool legends.
Ally McCoist has become the latest figure to weigh in on Salah’s legacy at the club and believes that Sir Kenny Dalglish remains way out in front as the Reds’ greatest-ever attacker.
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“Just calm down. Calm down,” urged McCoist during a discussion about Salah on talkSPORT.
“Is he the finest striker to grace Anfield? No, he’s not. Kenny Dalglish is, by some considerable distance.
“Kenny Dalglish was one of the most fantastic football players I’ve ever seen.
“Salah is brilliant, by the way. This is all about opinions and, let’s be honest, it’s a generation thing.
“Rush’s goalscoring was ridiculous. The partnership he formed with Dalglish was as good as anything I’ve ever seen.
“But for all-round ability – the question was who is the best striker not who is the best goalscorer – you had an argument for Rush or Salah, I get all that.
“Best striker, in my opinion, that I’ve ever seen would be Kenny Dalglish.”
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