Liverpool have signed Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for a fee around 36.9m Pounds. This is a record transfer made by the Reds. The fee could increase up to 43.9m Pounds with additional clauses.
We now take a look at why Salah’s addition to Liverpool will have a positive impact:-
Salah played on the right wing at Roma even though he is a left footer. His stats from that position has been phenomenal. 19 goals and 11 assists in a season where he didn’t play in January (African Cup of Nations) and was out for a while with injury too are a sumptuous return.
Spalletti used the Egyptian in the central area in absence of Dzeko. But, predominantly his pace was used down that right wing. In his attribute column, the ability to track back and then show pace on the counter is a major weapon Liverpool could use in big away games.
Imagine Salah and Mane on the wings for Liverpool with Firmino or any striker centrally. Klopp could exploit this combination in a game where they need unlock a deep defence or play on the counter in a wide open game. So in hindsight, Salah is quite similar to Mane.
Where to accommodate the Egyptian:-
But, as we have seen so far, Mane played on the right wing throughout for Liverpool last season. Salah played right wing for Roma predominantly last season. A healthy confusion for Klopp as to who plays on that right wing. If he puts Salah on the right then Mane to left side might mean Coutinho in a deeper position at No. 8.
The other thing is Liverpool are in the Champions League this time around. So, if they qualify for the group stages and beyond, they might need a stronger squad depth to challenge on all fronts. If Mane keeps his position on the right, then Salah can be a perfect backup to him. Klopp playing the Egyptian on the left doesn’t seem a good option.
We have seen Coutinho play in that number 8 position beside Can and Wijnaldum. So, if the manager wants both Salah and Mane on the wings, he might put the Brazilian in that wide midfield position and let him play the anchor role.
Overall, we can infer to the fact that with the addition of Salah, Liverpool have variety in their front-line. Klopp has a decent confusion to have if all the players are fit. In the hindsight, European football will help him use and rotate his squad with quality on the bench too.