Mohamed Salah has signed a new 5-year contract with Liverpool FC after a disappointing but memorable World Cup experience in Russia.
Image: Mohamed Salah
Liverpool management aims at building the team around Salah, who has so far demonstrated innate potentials to spur others to greatness. His quality performance in the 2017/18 Champions League and Premier League seasons proves he can deliver trophies, club manager Jurgen Klopp said.
Since his arrival from AS Roma in 2017, the Egyptian forward has netted 44 goals in 52 appearances for the Reds thus breaking a club record of the “second highest goals scored in a season.” Roger Hunt has 42 while Ian Rush maintains lead with his record 47 strikes.
Salah, 26, won the EPL Golden Boot after scoring 32 league goals in the 38-game season.
For his spectacular 2017/18 performances, Salah won the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year. The Nagrig-born star was also crowned Liverpool’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year during the club’s annual awards event. Other awards include African Footballer of the Year and the BBC’s African Player of the Year.
Speaking about Salah’s outstanding performance, Klopp said the Egyptian football icon is a reflection of Liverpool’s current standing as a team.
His words: “Last season was special with many special moments but we want more…We want to be more successful and achieve more together.
“As the supporters sang so loudly, ‘we’re never gonna stop’.
“This has to be the attitude individually and collectively,” he added as the team’s pre-season training kicks off at Anfield.
Klopp said the remarkable quality about Salah is his humility and dedication to the club’s objectives.
“…He never sees himself as being more important than the team or anyone else within it,” Klopp told Liverpool.com, adding that the player has been grateful to his teammates and employers.
“This club helped him achieve individual success last season,” the German coach said. “He sees the individual awards come because he is part of something bigger that is special.”