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Player Analysis: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah – Who Is He? 

Name – Mohamed Salah

Age – 06/15/1992 (28 years old)

Rookie Season/ Team – 2010 / Al Mokawloon

Nationality – Egypt

International Caps (Goals) – 67 (41)

Position – Wide Forward / Winger

Current Team / League – Liverpool FC / English Premier League

Career Overview 

Considered one of the best players in the world Mohamed Salah, also referred to as Mo Salah, is a wide forward or winger who plays for current EPL champions Liverpool. He possesses everything you could want from a forward, boasting speed, technical ability, and a spectacular eye for a goal. These combined make him a crucial component of Jurgen Klopp’s gegenpressing Liverpool machine. 

Salah began his career in his native Egypt, graduating from the Al Mokawloon academy and making his senior debut on May 3rd 2010. However, despite establishing himself as a first team player, he soon moved to Swiss side FC Basel, where he spent two years. His performances for Basel caught the eye of Jose Mourinho, and he joined the Blues for a reported £11 million (around $16 million) in 2014. 

Despite his promise, Salah failed to impress at Chelsea, making just 19 appearances and scoring only two goals across two seasons.  He subsequently spent periods on loan at Fiorentina and Roma, both in the Italian Serie A, before sealing a permanent move to Roma in 2016. 

In the Italian capital, Salah came into his own, managing an impressive 34 goals over 84 overall appearances, and this is where things took off for Salah. His displays at Roma alerted Jurgen Klopp to his talent, and he brought him into his squad. At the time, fans in England were skeptical following his inability to make an impact in West London, though time has since proven that Klopp knew exactly what he was doing all along. 

Since his arrival on Merseyside, Salah has been one of the very best players every year, chipping in both goals and assists to propel Liverpool back to their former glory. In his first season, he finished at Liverpool’s overall top scorer en route to a Champions League Final appearance against Real Madrid. 

The season after this, he repeated his marvelous form, which saw Liverpool achieve a second-place finish behind Manchester City, although they emerged victorious in the Champions League following a remarkable campaign that saw them eliminate Bayern Munich, Porto, and Barcelona before defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the final to claim their sixth title, a record for English clubs. In the 2019/20 season, Salah repeated his heroics and helped Liverpool to be finally crowned Premier League champions for the first time and claiming their 19th top-flight championship. 

What Do His Stats Look Like?

As part of Liverpool’s dangerous attack, Salah is an integral part of the front line, and although he was not known as much of a goal scorer in his youth, his performances with Roma and Liverpool proved otherwise. 

At Roma, he scored an impressive 29 league goals across 65 league appearances in addition to 22 assists, giving him a goal contribution ratio of 0.78 goals each game. While this in itself is impressive, his time at Liverpool is even more so. 

Salah’s 159 Liverpool appearances have brought 100 goals (following his strike in the Merseyside Derby this previous weekend) and 41 assists, which is an overall contribution of 0.88 at the time of writing. Because of Klopp’s system, he is responsible for more goals than Roberto Firmino, who is usually the one to feed the ball to Salah after he cuts in on the wing. Salah is also the designated penalty taker, giving him more chances to score than Sadio Mane. 

Why Has His Value Increased? 

There are many reasons why Mo Salah’s card value has increased over the past few months and even the past year. 

  • Recent Premier League victory with Liverpool
  • A proven goalscorer and arguable talisman of the Reds
  • One of the most marketable players in the game
  • Increased interest in soccer cards
  • Wide appeal of the English Premier League

Predictions for the Future 

Although not a young player, Salah is still young enough that he should be considered in his prime. This is reflected in his stats from the past few seasons, while his performances over the last four games of the new season have shown he has not lost a step. 

Being such a crucial part of the Liverpool team, his value is still likely to increase, especially if he can continue to contribute the goals and assists that have made the Salah/Firmino/Mane partnership so deadly over the past few seasons. Besides this, future predictions will also depend on several factors: 

  • Consistency: As the last few seasons have shown, Salah is nothing but consistent, and there is no reason why this should change
  • Form: Despite Liverpool faltering in the last EPL game, he still bagged two goals to bring his total to five from four games
  • Club Form: Liverpool are always a force to be reckoned with, and they will be desperate to prove last season’s victory was not a one-off
  • Honors: Another EPL winner’s medal would do nicely for Salah, as would a Champions League victory along with any individual honors including Footballer of the Year or the Golden Boot
  • International Performance: If Egypt can qualify for the AFCON in January, there’s a chance Salah could claim his first International winners’ medal

Summary 

Mo Salah is well-regarded as one of the very best players in the EPL and the UEFA Champions League. This alone makes him a highly valuable choice when it comes to choosing soccer cards, and although Liverpool recently stuttered (to put it gently) against Aston Villa, Salah still has 5 goals to his name from just four appearances. As a sure starter, he will get plenty of chances to impress over the course of the season, both in domestic and European competition. 

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