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Mo Salah: Rewriting The Record Books

Mo Salah: Rewriting The Record Books

May 14, 2018

It has been a season to remember for Mo Salah. The Egypt international scored 32 goals this campaign – surpassing the likes of Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer for most Premier League goals in a single season. Salah has been Liverpool’s main man since moving to Anfield from AS Roma last summer and he has already gone some way to paying off his £37 million transfer fee.

Looking at Salah’s performance in all competitions during 2017/18, the ‘Egyptian King’ has notched 44 goals – a very impressive return indeed. Some believe that he is now the third best player on the planet; it is hard to argue against that opinion. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are in a world of their own but Salah is well and truly in the Ballon d’Or race after his exploits this season. Read More

Keep our Egyptian King

Keep our Egyptian King

April 3, 2018

There is no doubt that Liverpool have taken a big step forward this year under Jürgen Klopp. They might not quite be ready to bring the Premier League title back to Anfield, but they have played some stunning football this season, are closing in on second place in the league, and have the chance to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Klopp has finally got his team playing the way that he wants, and their free-flowing, attack-minded style has won the admiration of neutrals as well as Liverpool fans. The key men in the Klopp revolution have been the deadly trio of forwards – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino – and of those, Salah is the most prominent. Read More

Could Salah Win the Golden Boot?

January 23, 2018

After a sensational debut season in the Premier League with Liverpool, some people are tipping Mo Salah to be an outside candidate for the Golden Boot at the World Cup in Russia in the summer, with the “Egyptian Messi” a 66/1 shot to do so.

Without doubt, he is Egypt’s star man, so much so that Egypt have earned the nickname of “the Mo Salah team”. This is perhaps unsurprising given his 32 goals in just 56 appearances for his country – something that has put him fifth in Egypt’s all-time top scorers at the age of just 25.

But while Salah has demonstrated that he has more than enough goalscoring ability in the Premier League this term, the question isn’t really whether he has the ability to win the Golden Boot. The fact that 62% of all bets in that market were placed on Salah during one week in December goes to show that many believe that to be the case. The question is, will Egypt play enough games, and create enough chances, for him to be in with a shot?

To put it into context, the last player to win the Golden Boot, but not see his side progress past the group stage, was Oleg Salenko for Russia in 1994. In that year’s tournament in America, Salenko shared the Golden Boot with Hristo Stoichkov. However, this award was certainly an anomaly, as Salenko became the only man to have ever scored five goals in a single World Cup match, as Russia annihilated Cameroon 6-1. Salenko also managed a consolation goal against Sweden to ensure he went down in World Cup history.

Will he play enough games?

So, unless he is to do a “Salenko”, you’d expect Salah to need at least five games to be in with a chance of winning the Golden Boot. That means Egypt would need to reach the World Cup quarterfinals (9/1) – which, considering they’ve never won a game at the tournament in there two previous outings (in 1934 and 1990) seems unlikely.

However, Egyptian hopes shouldn’t be quashed before they’ve started. Indeed, they have been drawn into what is, by some distance, the easiest group at the tournament – their opponents being hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay (the highest ranked team in the group, being number 21 in the world). Naturally, the FIFA world rankings aren’t a perfect indicator, but Egypt are actually the second highest ranked team in the group, coming in at number 31 in the world.

It certainly isn’t unfeasible for Egypt to reach the knockout stages. That said, if they were to progress, they would next face a team from group A, which would most likely be Spain or Portugal – certainly an unenviable task.

Ghoulam Must Sign for Reds

June 26, 2017

Mohammed Salah was finally unveiled as a Liverpool player on Thursday, yielding overwhelming feelings of positivity amongst the Anfield faithful. When deployed alongside Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, Liverpool will boast perhaps the fastest and deadliest midfield three in the entire league. It is, undeniably, a strong start to the summer transfer window as the Reds aspire to once more become regular participants in the Champions League.

Pictured here in action for Algeria at the 2014 World Cup against Belgium, apparent Liverpool target Faouzi Ghoulam could be a vital cog in the Liverpool squad and provide better balance across the pitch.
Beneath the self-evident (and ever-growing) quality of the first choice Liverpool XI are players that may struggle to adapt to the demands of the Champions League, some of which are unfamiliar with that calibre of opposition. Even for the most seasoned members of the Liverpool squad, 2017/18 will be hectic and, at times, gruelling. By contrast, it will be an exciting time for bettors, whether they wager in cash throughout the yearly sports schedule, or use sites that exclusively deal in Bitcoins. For Klopp, meanwhile, the hard work of rebuilding a club nearly destroyed by Brendan Rodgers has only just begun.

A verdict – and some viable alternatives

A new left-back is now Jurgen Klopp’s number one priority, since Alberto Moreno has long been out of favour at Anfield, and his departure is seemingly inevitable. Napoli remain superior to several clubs that once dominated the Italian top flight, including Lazio and the two Milan clubs, over whom Maurizio Sarri’s men finished with ease in the 2016/17 edition of Serie A. Valued at around £15m, Ghoulam would bring a high work rate, and his stamina levels most certainly played a significant part in Napoli’s high finish. He would also add a much greater degree of balance across the present day Liverpool side.

There are few sights more iconic than a packed Anfield under the floodlights, as a fervent crowd prepare to behold some of the finest talents in Europe.
With significant justification, the signing of Ghoulam appears to be high on Klopp’s agenda, but nothing much can be ascertained at this point. While Ghoulam’s signature would be an excellent one, it would naturally signal the end of James Milner’s time as a surprisingly accomplished fullback. It would seem to most like the roughest form of justice, but the fact remains that age is no longer on Milner’s side and a Champions League campaign looming, a more dynamic option must be deployed in that role.

A move has already been mooted, but Liverpool will not be without stiff competition for the Algerian fullback’s signature. Should he be lured elsewhere, then other names such as Benjamin Mendy and Ryan Sessegnon may once more garner the media’s relentless spotlight.

It has already been established that Liverpool are not interested in Mendy, despite the Frenchman being included in the 2016/17 Ligue 1 team of the season. In any case, all signs point to Mendy becoming a Manchester City player. As for Sessegnon, the Fulham youngster is clearly talented, but a successful step up from the FL Championship to the Champions League is a relative rarity – and Liverpool need to make clear signs of progress soon.