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Mohamed Salah
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Personal information
Date of Birth

15 June 1992

Place of Birth

Basyoun, Egypt

Height

1.75 m (5'9")

Position

Forward

Liverpool statistics
Squad no.

11

Years

2017-

Appearances

52

Goals

44

Mohamed Salah Ghaly (born 15 July 1992) is an Egyptian international footballer who plays as a winger for Liverpool, having arrived from Roma for a reported fee of £36,900,000 in 2017.

Liverpool careerEdit

With Sadio Mane having been missing for large periods of the 2016-17 season with no real backup, Jurgen Klopp looked to sign a proven quality winger, to add more depth in the position. Salah had been close to signing for Liverpool back in 2014, and had shown quality performances for Roma in the past few seasons.

In May 2017 reports began to emerge that Liverpool were again interested in the Egyptian, but Roma were insisting on a fee of around £40,000,000, which the Reds saw as too much. Weeks later, it seemed that the price had been haggled down, and on 21 June 2017 reliable journalists stated that a much lower fee had been accepted by Roma, and that Salah was to complete a medical the next day.

On 22 June 2017, it was confirmed that Salah had signed for Liverpool on a five year deal for a reported fee of £36,900,000, making him the club's record signing, surpassing Andy Carroll by almost £2,000,000. It was confirmed that he was to wear the number 11 shirt, given to him by Roberto Firmino.

Salah made his unofficial debut on 14 July 2017, playing 45 minutes and scoring his first goal in a 1-1 draw against Wigan.

After an impressive pre-season, netting four goals, Salah was named in the starting lineup for the opening game of the season. With the Reds 2-1 down, Salah won a penalty which was converted by Roberto Firmino, before Firmino played a lovely dinked ball allowing Salah to give Liverpool the lead on his debut. This looked to be the winning goal before poor defending caused the Reds to concede a last gasp equaliser. On 23 August, Salah netted Liverpool's second in an eventual 4-2 over Hoffenheim in the Champions League playoff, tapping it in after Georginio Wijnaldum's effort struck the post.

On 27 August 2017, Salah was named man-of-the-match after a 4-0 win over Arsenal at Anfield. Salah scored Liverpool's third of the game, running the length of the pitch after an Arsenal scorned before coolly finishing past Petr Cech. Salah then went on to assist Daniel Sturridge's goal with an inch perfect cross. Salah was later named Liverpool's Player of the Month in his first month at the club.

Salah's form continued to be very impressive, with the Egyptian netting a further three goals in September. On 17 October 2017, Salah scored a brace, and assisted a Roberto Firmino goal in a 7-0 win over Maribor. In his next four games, Salah netted four times, with the last two being two very impressive finishes in a 4-1 win over West Ham.

On 18 November 2017, Salah scored twice in a 3-0 win over Southampton. The first was a lovely curling effort into the corner from the edge of the box, whilst the other was a cute close range finish after a fantastic ball from Philippe Coutinho. Salah’s second was his 9th goal in 12 Premier League appearances, more than any other Liverpool player in history, eclipsing Robbie Fowler’s record. A week later, he became the first player to score 10 Premier League goals this season, opening the scoring in a 1-1 draw against his former club, Chelsea. On 29 November 2017, Salah came on with 20 minutes to play, and scored twice in a 3-0 win over Stoke. This took him to eight goals in November alone. His incredible performances led to him being named PFA Player of the Month.

December carried on with Salah’s fantastic form. On 6 December, Salah rounded off a 7-0 Champions League win over Spartak Moscow with a good finish from inside the area. Four days later, Salah opened the scoring in the Merseyside Derby, with an incredible curling finish from the right side of the penalty area.

On 17 December 2017, Salah scored his 20th goal for Liverpool, after just 26 games. This meant he matched Daniel Sturridge’s record, with only George Allan in 1895 beating the two. A followed this up with another in his next game, netting Liverpool’s second in an eventual 3-3 draw with Arsenal. On 30 December, Salah scored twice as Liverpool came from a goal down to beat Leicester City at Anfield.

After two weeks out through injury, Salah returned to first team action in a 4-3 win over Manchester City, who had previously been undefeated in the Premier League. Salah scored the winning goal, curling into an empty net from 30 yards after the City goalkeeper’s clearance fell right to him. Salah had also previously assisted Sadio Mane’s effort. Salah continued his run with four goals in his next four appearances, including two world class efforts in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham, which were his 20th and 21st league goals of the season. He managed this feat in just 25 appearances, faster than any Liverpool player in over 100 years. He followed his up with Liverpool’s second in a 2-0 win away to Southampton, finishing a 1v1 opportunity following a lovely backheel from Roberto Firmino.

On 14 February 2018, Salah scored his 30th goal of the season, latching on to James Milner’s rebounded effort, before juggling the ball over the goalkeeper and finishing coolly, to grab Liverpool’s second in an eventual 5-0 win away to Porto. This made him the second fastest to ever reach this landmark. He added one further to do this in his next game, striking the second in a 4-1 win over West Ham. Salah’s form led to him being named Premier League Player of the Month a second time. On 3 March 2018, Salah netted for the seventh game in a row, opening the scoring in an important 2-0 win over Newcastle.

On 17 March 2018, Salah scored his first hattrick for the club, netting four in a 5-0 win over Watford. The first was a sublime solo effort, leaving a defender grounded after cutting inside and sliding it past the keeper with his right foot. The second was much simpler, getting on the end of a sublime Andy Robertson cross to put it past the goalkeeper. The third was perhaps the pick of the bunch, dancing and dallying with three defenders before slotting it into the corner. The final finish was a powerful effort after a Danny Ings strike was stopped by the keeper. Salah had also previously assisted Roberto Firmino’s effort.

After the international break Salah continued his world-class goalscoring form, finishing a late 1v1 with great composure to earn Liverpool a 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace. This was his 37th strike of the season, the most any Liverpool player had managed in a single season since Ian Rush in 1986-87. His six goals throughout Marchled to him being named Premier League Player of the Month for the third time, the only player to achieve that in a single season.

Four days later, Salah started in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, against Premier League rivals Manchester City. Eleven minutes in, a move started off by the Egyptian ended up at the feet of Roberto Firmino, who slid it across to allow Salah to open the scoring with his 38th goal of the season. Twenty minutes later, Salah’s precise cross landed on the head of Sadio Mane, who headed home Liverpool’s third of the night. Salah was substituted early in the second half as the Reds continued to a 3-0 win. Six days later, Salah netted the equaliser in an eventual 2-1 win over City in the second leg, with a fine chip to send Liverpool into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in ten years.

Salah scored his 30th Premier League goal of the season, and his 40th in all competitions, after a lobbed header from a superb Trent Alexander-Arnold ball in a 3-0 win over Bournemouth. A week later, Salah netted the second in a 2-2 draw away to West Brom, with a lovely chip to reach his 31st League goal of the season, matching the record for a 38 game season. The next day, Salah was named PFA Player of the Season, becoming the seventh Liverpool player to receive the award.

On 24 April 2018, Salah started against his former club, Roma in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. Salah netted two exquisite goals, the first being a powerful curving strike into the top left corner, and the second being a dinked finish over Allison from the edge of the area. This took him to 43 goals for the campaign, with only Ian Rush (47) managing more goals in a single season. Salah also assisted goals for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in an eventual 5-2 win. In the final league game of the season, Salah opened the scoring to reach his 32nd Premier League goal of the season, more than any other player in a 38 game season, winning him the golden boot.

On 26 May 2018, Salah started in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, but was substituted after 30 minutes, after a Sergio Ramos challenge tore ligaments in his shoulder. Liverpool lost the final 3-1.

After an incredible debut season with the club, Salah was awarded a new five-year contract, making him the highest earner at the club.

HonoursEdit

IndividualEdit

  • PFA Player of the Year: 1 (2017-18)
  • PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 1 (2017-18)
  • PFA Team of the Year: 1 (2017-18)
  • PFA Player of the Month: 4 (November 2017, December 2017, February 2018, March 2018)
  • Premier League Player of the Season: 1 (2017-18)
  • Premier League Player of the Month: 3 (November 2017, February 2018, March 2018)
  • Premier League Golden Boot: 1 (2017-18)
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 1 (2017-18)
  • Liverpool Player of the Year: 1 (2017-18)
  • Liverpool Players’ Player of the Year: 1 (2017-18)
  • Standard Chartered Player of the Month: 7 (August 2017, September 2017, November 2017, December 2017, February 2018, March 2018, April 2018)
  • African Footballer of the Year: 1 (2017)

StatsEdit

Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
2017-18 36 32 1 1 0 0 15 11 0 0 52 44
Total 36 32 1 1 0 0 15 11 0 0 52 44


Liverpool F.C. – current squad
1. Karius • 2. Clyne • 4. van Dijk • 5. Wijnaldum • 6. Lovren • 7. Milner • 8. Keita • 9. Firmino • 10. Mane • 11. Salah
12. Gomez • 14. Henderson (c) • 15. Sturridge • 16. Grujic • 17. Klavan • 18. Moreno • 20. Lallana • 21. Chamberlain
22. Mignolet • 23. Shaqiri • 26. Robertson • 27. Origi • 28. Ings • 29. Solanke • 32. Matip • 34. Bogdan • 40. Kent
47. Phillips • 48. Jones • 50. Markovic • 53. Ejaria • 54. Ojo • 56. Randall • 57. Brewster • 58. Woodburn
59. Wilson • 63. Masterson • 64. Camacho • 66. Alexander-Arnold • 68. Chirivella • 73. Grabara
GK Alisson • MF Allan • MF Fabinho • FW Awoniyi

Manager: Klopp