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Premier League club Liverpool FC broke their club transfer record with the signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah for around £37 million this summer.
While there are chances that the club could break their transfer record again this summer with the possible signings of Naby Keita and Virgil van Dijk, the former Chelsea man holds the record for now.
When a player is bought for a big fee, he will have eyes set on him. The fans and pundits will be watching the player closely and there is lot of pressure on the player.
There will be a lot of talk on how the manager is going to use the player and how the player is going to make an impact. Salah has had a pretty good start to his Liverpool career by scoring two goals in his three friendly games.
The lightning fast winger is a great addition to the Liverpool squad and can be used in several ways. Here are the three best ways Jurgen Klopp could use Salah in his Liverpool team.
Wings of Fire with Salah and Sadio Mane on either wing
Liverpool’s star winger Sadio Mane shares a few traits with Salah. Both are wingers and both are very fast. Just the imagination of the two playing for Liverpool on either wings is deadly.
Klopp could field a line-up with the two Africans on the wings and we could see them destroying the opponent full backs.
This system will also give the opportunity for Liverpool to execute quick counter attacks, which could lead them to score goals.
Rotate Mane and Salah on the right wing
Even though the two players have two different stronger foot, both of them are more comfortable playing on the right wing. This might cause some headache to Klopp.
Klopp will have to select any one of the wingers to start for his side and that is a very difficult decision to make.
However, this option will make sure that Liverpool does not have any problem when any one of the players is not available.
We saw how Liverpool suffered when Mane was not available for them during majority of the second half of the last season. Klopp has often talked about how Mane’s unavailability caused Liverpool’s poor performances last season.
Now with Salah in the side, Klopp can be much more relieved. The German could assign both Mane and Salah similar duties and rotate them throughout the season, preventing them from getting injured out of fatigue.
Salah to follow the path of Firmino and Aubameyang?
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rose to fame when he played at the German club under Klopp.
The Gabon international initially was a winger, who was later turned into a striker by Klopp. Now he is well known goalscoring striker.
Roberto Firmino of Liverpool also has a similar story to tell. The Brazilian was mainly an attacking midfield when he joined Liverpool from Hoffenheim.
He was considered a flop at Liverpool when he played under Brendan Rodgers. However, Firmino had a change in position when Klopp took over Liverpool.
Firmino was fielded as Liverpool’s only striker throughout last season and he played very well in that position. The Brazilian, who initially wore the number eleven jersey at the club, now wears the number nine jersey for the Reds.
Liverpool’s new arrival could follow such a path and he has all the potential for it. The former Basel player has played a false nine before and when needed he can do it again.
This might not be the best way for Klopp to use Salah, but this is not a bad idea either. When all else fails, the Liverpool manager might want to try Salah as the striker and who knows, it could work out very well.
Written by Dakir Thanveer
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