Mohamed Salah became the second summer acquisition by Liverpool after completing his big-money return to the Premier League on Thursday.
The Egyptian will have a point to prove to many who doubted his ability after rarely getting any chance to shine during his first stint in England and to those who are still unsure if he can prove his worth for Liverpool.
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol recently insisted that spending big money on Salah could be a mistake as he believes that the winger will not be in the starting eleven when everybody else in the Reds attack is available.
Spending £35m on a player who we could have signed for just £13m a few years back may be branded as a bit expensive move, but the fact that he is a far improved player than what he was in 2014 justifies his price tag in the current inflated market.
Moreover, the former defender doesn’t seem to remember how we suffered so badly when Mane was injured and the squad desperately needed quality and pace on the wings.
Salah’s development came to a standstill after joining Chelsea in 2014, but the winger carried on from where he left after ending his Stamford Bridge nightmare in 2015.
Salah will not only add immense pace to Liverpool’s attack as he has also considerably improved his end product in last few years. The 25-year-old has scored 29 league goals in 65 appearances in last two seasons and provided 13 Serie A assists last season, more than any Liverpool player in the recently concluded campaign.
Though Salah, who is predominantly left-footed, has been mostly played on the right wing by Roma in his two years with the Italians, the Egyptian can also operate on the left and as a number 10 quite efficiently.
The system that will be deployed next season will partly depend on whether Klopp opts to sign an out-and-out centre-forward or will he continue to use Roberto Firmino as a false nine. Moreover, the fact that Coutinho is very likely to be continued in his new midfield position also makes it easier for Klopp to accommodate Salah in the starting-XI week in week out.
If the boss decides to not change what is already working, Salah is certain to fill the vacant left forward position next season with Mane on the right and Coutinho in the number 8 role.
It is being rumoured that Klopp is not in favour of bringing a new striker this summer and is happy to continue with Roberto Firmino as his marksman even if he changes the system next season.
Klopp has been flexible in switching formations whenever needed in the past and if he changes to his favoured 4-2-3-1 system next season, Salah will still easily fit in the 3 man attacking midfield along with Coutinho and Mane.
While our offensive display was scintillating last season, especially before January, Salah’s addition will hugely improve our left side of the attack which will give us more opportunities to break and spread deep-lying defences next season.
Looking at our current offensive options with the newest addition, it is safe to say that Firmino, Coutinho, Mane and Salah will be our first choice attacking quartet for next season, though we need to sign more squad players who will give us more options and can help us during injuries.