Liverpool target Mohamed Salah: Q&A 0

Angus Taylor interviews Egyptian football expert Adam Moustafa to find out more about Liverpool target Mohamed Salah:

Salah has a poor goal tally in the Swiss league, managing only 9 goals in 47 games. For a weak league isn’t this quite a minimal return?

Salah’s goal scoring tally in Switzerland could be better, I agree, but one must note that 23 of those 47 games he came off the bench. He also assisted nearly as many as he’s scored, and was named the best player in Switzerland for the 2012/2013 season. So his tally alone doesn’t tell the full story.

At only 21 Salah is far from a finished product, but exactly how much further do you think he can develop?

Having watched Salah since his early days at Arab Contractors in Egypt, I can tell you he’s been getting better each season. He’s a player who’s open to criticism and is always looking to improve his game. The one area where he’s received some criticism for is his finishing, but it’s important to note that he’s already scored as many goals for Basel this season as he had during his debut season. Also, at only 21 he already has 17 international goals to his name. So it’s quite clear he’s been working on it.

Do you think that Salah will have any difficulties adapting to the Premier League, a much stronger league than he is used to?

I don’t think Salah would have issues adapting to the Premier League. He’s not the most physical player but he punishes defenders with his pace and trickery. I think the likes of Cheslea and Tottenham would also agree with me here, as he’s scored a combined 4 goals in 6 games against those two.

Where is Salah’s best position and just how able is he to play in other positions?

His best position for me is on the right wing. He’s been giving LBs nightmares from Marcelo (Egypt vs Brazil during the London 2012 Olympics) to Ashley Cole (Basel vs Chelsea during the first round of the 2013 Champions League group stage). Salah is left-footed which makes him very dangerous when he cuts in from the right. He can also play on the opposite flank, as a number 10 or a second striker.

How much do you think that Salah is worth and how much are Liverpool likely to sign him for (if he is eventually signed)?

It’s hard to put a price on a player these days with the market ever-inflating, but I believe he’s currently worth around £10-12M. Probably around the same price Basel would allow him to leave for, too. However, if he continues to impress with Basel that price will only continue to rise.

Do you think that Salah would be a good signing for Liverpool?

Yes, I believe Salah would be an excellent signing for Liverpool. Again, he’s already proved he can deliver against tough English sides, plus he’s still young and improving. Salah is a player who doesn’t want to move to a club where he wouldn’t get playing time, but if he was to sign, I don’t think it would take long before he’s a regular in the starting eleven. His versatility would only boost his claims for an eventual starting spot too. A frontline of Suarez, Sturridge and Salah (SASAS) would be monstrous in my opinion.

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Read Adam’s profile of Salah here, or visit his website - King Fut - here.