“Sala told Liverpool that he wanted to have a new experience at Al-Ittihad.”
Salah joined Liverpool ahead of the 2017-18 Season. At first there was a look of doubt. The reason is that Salah did not stand out in the English Premier League (EPL) when he was in Chelsea in the past. Salah left Basel (Switzerland) and joined Chelsea at the time, but he scored two goals and two assists in 10 league games in the 2013-14 season and scored zero goals in three games in the 2014-15 season.
However, Salah has been in full bloom through Fiorentina and AS Roma. In the 2016-17 season, just before joining Liverpool, he wore an AS Roma uniform and played an amazing role with 15 goals and 13 assists in 31 Serie A matches in Italy. Then he headed for Liverpool.
Salah cleared all the question marks for him in his first season. In his debut season, he played in 36 EPL games, scoring 32 goals and 11 assists. Salah, who immediately became the top scorer, continued to perform well even afterwards. Liverpool, led by Salah, has won several tournaments, including the EPL as well as the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
He failed to exceed the league’s 30 goals again, but still gave Liverpool around 20 goals. In the 2021-22 season, he played in 35 EPL games, scoring 23 goals and 13 assists, ranking first in both scoring and helping. In the case of scoring, he was the joint top scorer with Son Heung-min. He also won the honor of becoming the EPL Goal of the Year. When it comes to scoring, there was no one to surpass Salah.
Last summer, various speculations arose about Salah’s future. In particular, Sadio Mane, who was in charge of one of the pillars of Liverpool’s attack along with Salah, moved to Bayern Munich. For Liverpool, even Salah could not be missed. Liverpool renewed its contract with only one year left, but it took a long time to reach an agreement.
But it finally came to fruition. Liverpool officially announced ahead of last season that they were “delighted to announce that they have signed a new long-term contract with Salah.” As a result, Salah ended the renewal of the contract and continued to accompany Liverpool until the summer of 2025.
Salah did his part as a key Liverpool player last season as well. He played in all 38 league games and scored 19 goals and 12 assists. However, the team’s performance was disappointing. The season ended in fifth place in the EPL amid a series of injuries to midfield resources. He will not be able to participate in the UCL stage this season. Instead, he participated in the UEFA Europa League.
Liverpool carried out a major rebuilding this summer. A large number of midfielders, including Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Navi Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, left the team. Roberto Firmino, who built a triangular formation with Salah and Mane, also transferred.
Instead, Dominic Soboslai, Alexis Mac Alister and Wataru Endo joined. It’s all midfield resources. The attackers include Cody Gakpo and Darwin Nunense, who were recruited last season, as well as Luis Dias and Diogo Jota. Salah is the player who will lead them.
However, there has been a possibility of going to Saudi Arabia recently. In particular, Arab media ‘Al Jazeera’ said, “Sala has completed a personal agreement with Al-Ittihad. But Liverpool will not accept any offer for Salah,” he said.
Britain’s “Guardian” also announced on the 25th that “Liverpool has declared no sale of Salah, which is receiving attention from R Ittihad. They have no intention of selling this summer. R Ittihad recently recruited Fabinho, who played for Liverpool, for 40 million pounds (about 66.8 billion won).”
The media then said, “R Itihad is willing to pay £52 million (about 86.8 billion won) in transfer fees to bring in Salah. “We are also ready to offer Salah a two-year contract worth £141 million (W235.4 billion).”