Mohamed Salah: Flopped at Chelsea, Thriving at Liverpool

Once you don’t succeed at a big club in the Premier League, people assume that you’re not cut out for the greatest league in the world. Mohamed Salah, ex-Chelsea player went through the same skepticism from the pundits as well as fans.

Even though he had made a significant impact at Fiorentina and AS Roma, there was still a big question mark about his transfer to Liverpool.

From his very first game for the Merseyside, he’s proved everyone wrong.

He’s managed to score 12 goals in 17 fixtures. Without a shadow of a doubt, he’s been their best player. So, how did a Chelsea flop became the best player for Liverpool? Tactics and Confidence.

Salah is a player who relies heavily on his pace and skills. He’s not someone with Coutinho’s skill-set. He’s a pace merchant who can give anyone a hard time defending.

The best way to use his pace is to play a fluid, counter-attacking style. And that’s exactly Jurgen Klopp has done (in some games).

Leaving the defense part aside, some of the attacking display by Liverpool has been scintillating. Many times we saw Klopp’s boys turning defense into attack in a flick of an eye.

If you look closely at the type of goals Salah has scored, most of them have been on counter-attacks. At Chelsea, he played under a style and a different manager. If you look at his spells at Roma and Fiorentina, he scored somewhat similar goals for them.

Another thing that has been a catalyst for him has been his confidence. Based on my experience, he’s one of those players whose form depends highly on his confidence.

When he’s confident, he can make the fool out of the best defenders. It was Salah who got his country in the World Cup by scoring a 95th-minute penalty. Talking of confidence? Here’s a guy with a shitload of it!

If he keeps playing the way he’s been, he’s going to have a huge season.


Written by Sandeep Sharma

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