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LIVER­POOL FAN CHRIS WIL­LIAMS HAILS THE IM­PACT OF NEW REDS HERO MO­HAMED SALAH...

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The amazing im­pact of Salah

SUB­LIME. Sen­sa­tional. Stu­pen­dous. The su­perla­tives to as­sign to the su­perb Mo­hamed Salah are end­less. In years to come, my fel­low Liver­pool fans will re­mem­ber this pe­riod in the club’s long his­tory as The Days of Salah, and rightly so.

At the time of writ­ing, the £36m sign­ing from Roma is a mere three goals shy of set­ting a new Premier League record for goals in a 38- game sea­son, eclips­ing es­teemed com­pany in Luis Suarez, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and Alan Shearer all tied on 31, and may yet chase down Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s shared ac­co­lade of most goals in any Premier League sea­son (34 in 42 games).

There is very lit­tle to say about the 25year-old that hasn’t been re­peat­edly re­cited from his first goal against Wat­ford in the sea­son’s cur­tain-raiser, right up un­til his re­cent four-goal ram­page in the 5-0 rout over, er… Wat­ford again, but there are sev­eral peo­ple who should share some of the credit for the Egyp­tian’s spot­light­steal­ing sea­son. They de­serve our thanks.

Jur­gen Klopp

Since ar­riv­ing on Mersey­side, the “Nor­mal One” has made a few eye­brow-rais­ing sign­ings. In­sta­gram model-turned­goal­keeper Loris Kar­ius re­mains about as safe as a tree­house in a light­ning storm and Es­to­nian cen­tre-back Rag­nar Kla­van con­tin­ues to be as use­ful as an un­der­wa­ter hairdryer. Nonethe­less, Klopp isn’t in­ter­ested in who the media think he should buy, how much a payer will cost, or even the player’s current club.

He is in­ter­ested only in his sys­tem. If a player fits his sys­tem, the Ger­man needn’t con­sider any­thing else. This has lead to key pur­chases such as An­drew Robert­son and Gini Wi­j­nal­dum, both of whom had just been rel­e­gated with their former clubs, along with Sa­dio Mané and Salah.

A player that fits the sys­tem helps the team, and helps the player reach new heights. Thank you, Jur­gen.

THE AS­SIST MEN

In 20 years’ time, his­tor­i­cal stats won’t tell you the full story of the im­por­tance of the man with foot­ball’s whitest teeth to this Liver­pool team.

Yet Roberto Firmino’s work for the team in fi­nal-third press­ing is sec­ond to none, and his per­sis­tence can­not be un­der­val­ued.

His as­sist for Salah in the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal first leg against Manch­ester City was the epit­ome of the man, and his sixth as­sist for the Egyp­tian.

Mané has also served up six goals for the winger, Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain four and James Mil­ner and Robert­son two apiece. Thank you, lads.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Coutin-who? A dis­tant mem­ory to a shame­lessly bit­ter Liver­pool fan, thanks to the ex­ploits of the re­main­ing mem­bers of the so-called “Fab Four”.

Firmino, Mané and Salah have hit new heights in the wake of the Brazil­ian an­swer­ing the call of Barcelona boss Ernesto “Yoko Ono” Valverde, with Salah scor­ing in eight of the ten Premier League games since Coutinho de­parted to pur­sue his dream of watch­ing the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out stages in the comfy seats of the Camp Nou. Thank you, Philippe.

JOSE MOUR­INHO

The so-called Spe­cial One must be scratch­ing his head as he watches Salah and Kevin De Bruyne bat­tle it out for PFA Player of the Year.

As Ves­per Lynd says to James Bond in Casino Royale, “You think of women as dis­pos­able plea­sures, rather than mean­ing­ful pur­suits”, so too Jose thinks of player re­cruit­ment.

A fleet­ing high while play­ers like Ibrahi­movic pro­vide an in­stant im­pact be­fore fad­ing away, while ‘the ones that got away’ such as De Bruyne and Salah prove that in the right hands, a player can flour­ish. Take note, Luke Shaw.

While Mour­inho is a fan­tas­tic foot­ball man­ager, he is a poor coach of play­ers. Thank you, Jose.

And of course, thank you Mo­hamed Salah. In years to come, we could have some­thing spe­cial to­gether. Can’t hurt to dream. Al­léz Al­léz Al­léz.

SHOOT­ING STAR: Liver­pool’s Mo­hamed Salah cel­e­brates and, in­sets, Philippe Coutinho, left, and Kevin De Bruyne

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