Players - Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah
Birthdate: 15 June 1992
Birthplace: Baysoun, Egypt
Other clubs: El Mokawloon (2006-12), Basel (2012-14), Chelsea (2014-16), Fiorentina (loan 2015), Roma (loan 2015-16, transfer 2016-17)
Bought from: Roma
Signed for LFC: £43.9m, 22.06.2017 (Started 01.07.2017)
International debut: 03.09.2011 vs Sierra Leone
International caps: 62/39 (10/10 at LFC) 16.11.2018
Liverpool debut: 12.08.2017
Last appearance: 01.06.2019
Debut goal: 12.08.2017
Last goal: 01.06.2019
Contract expiry: 2023 (signed 01.07.2018)
Win ratio: 63.46% W:66 D:23 L:15
Games/goals ratio: 1.46
Honours: 2017 African Footballer of the Year, 2018 African Footballer of the Year, 2018 PFA Player of the Year, 2018 Football Writers' Footballer of the Year, 2018 Premier League Player of the Year, 2018 Premier League Golden Boot, 2019 Premier League Golden Boot, Champions League 2019
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 74 / 54
Total LFC games/goals: 104 / 71

Player Profile

Born in Basyoun, Egypt on 15th June 1992, Salah began his professional career in his homeland with El Mokawloon. When the Egyptian league season was suspended in March 2012 following a stadium disaster at Port Said, Salah was signed by Swiss side Basel after impressing against them in a friendly for Egypt under 23's.

Salah helped Basel to the Swiss league title and semi-finals of the Europa League in 2012/13, eventually going out on loan to Chelsea. In January 2014 he signed for Chelsea, preferring a move to Stamford Bridge when there was also interest from Liverpool. Salah failed to make an impression there and was loaned to Fiorentina for the second half of 2014/15. Salah stayed in Italy for 2015/16, on loan with Roma who he joined on a permanent deal in the summer of 2016. 

Salah reignited his career in Rome, scoring 29 goals in 65 league appearances from wide positions. His ability to cross the ball as well as cut in and shoot attracted the attention of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who paid a new club record fee to bring him to Anfield. Salah scored in his first pre-season game at Wigan on 14 July and although big things were expected of him in 2017/18, he went on to exceed all expectations. Salah was sensational, scoring 44 goals, the second highest total of any player in the club's history. He was voted the PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers' Footballer of the Year and Premier League Player of the Year. Salah also claimed the Premier League Golden Boot, his tally of 32 goals breaking the record for a 38 game season. There was heartbreak for Salah in the Champions League final when he was forced off the pitch due to a shoulder injury after a challenge by Sergio Ramos. After intensive treatment he appeared twice for Egypt in the World Cup but was not at his best. However, he returned to Merseyside showing no signs of injury, netting the first goal of the new campaign against West Ham. 

It would have been foolish to expect Salah to hit the same heights as he did in his debut season. However his tally of 22 Premier League goals was enough to earn him a share of the Golden Boot alongside teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre Aubameyang. A six game run in spring without a goal was seen as a severe drought, but he ended it in style by taking the ball out of his own half to score a fine solo goal at Southampton, leading to a booking for his celebration. Salah started 37 of the 38 Premier League games, coming off the bench in the other. He also came on as a substitute in both domestic cup ties. In the Champions League he missed just one game, the second leg of the semi final against Barcelona, due to concussion sustained in the previous game at Newcastle. Salah wore a black t-shirt with the slogan 'Never Give Up', something which became an iconic phrase in the build up to the final in Madrid. On 1st June 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium Salah buried the ghosts of Kiev when he smashed home a second minute penalty to send Liverpool on their way to a sixth triumph in Europe's premier club competition. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 74 2 1 27 0 104
2017-2018 36 1 0 15 0 52
2018-2019 38 1 1 12 0 52
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
6 Manchester City
5 Tottenham
5 Chelsea
4 Porto
4 Watford
4 Bournemouth
4 Crystal Palace
4 West Ham United
4 Leicester City
4 Arsenal
4 Brighton & Hove Albion
4 Huddersfield Town
4 Manchester United
4 Southampton
4 Newcastle United
3 WBA
3 Burnley
3 Everton
3 Wolves
2 Fulham
2 Stoke City
2 Cardiff City
2 Swansea City
2 Bayern Munich
2 Red Star Belgrade
2 Sevilla
2 Napoli
2 Hoffenheim
2 NK Maribor
2 Roma
2 Spartak Moscow
2 Paris St Germain
1 Barcelona
1 Real Madrid
Total Started/substitutions
98 Started
0 On the bench
6 Substitute
40 Substituted
Total Competition
74 Premier League
27 Champions League
2 FA Cup
1 League Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 54 1 0 16 0 71
2017-2018 32 1 0 11 0 44
2018-2019 22 0 0 5 0 27
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 12.08.2017 Watford Vicarage Road League
50 06.05.2018 Chelsea Stamford Bridge League
100 26.04.2019 Huddersfield Town Anfield League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 57 12.08.2017 Watford Vicarage Road League
50 51 24.10.2018 Red Star Belgrade Anfield Europe
Related Quotes

"I have played centre forward a lot, but I can still also play on the wing, I have scored many goals on the wing. I always call myself a winger as I don't like to call myself a No 9. My way, the way I play, it is never like hold the ball up and be strong. Even when I play striker, my position is different than any other player. Like Harry Kane, he has a different style. When I play No 9 I drop deep to play No 10 and get the ball and dribble, so I always call myself a winger. It depends on the game and the tactics that the manager wants. I can play as a No 9, but when I play as a winger I do my job. The manager doesn't say suddenly 'okay, now you are playing No 9', it doesn't work like that, he talks to me before the game."

Mo Salah in February 2019 to Jamie Carragher for Sky Sports

"I have played centre forward a lot, but I can still also play on the wing, I have scored many goals on the wing. I always call myself a winger as I don't like to call myself a No 9. My way, the way I play, it is never like hold the ball up and be strong. Even when I play striker, my position is different than any other player. Like Harry Kane, he has a different style. When I play No 9 I drop deep to play No 10 and get the ball and dribble, so I always call myself a winger. It depends on the game and the tactics that the manager wants. I can play as a No 9, but when I play as a winger I do my job. The manager doesn't say suddenly 'okay, now you are playing No 9', it doesn't work like that, he talks to me before the game."

Mo Salah in February 2019 to Jamie Carragher for Sky Sports

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Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
El Mokawloon 2009-2010 Egypt 1 3 0 5 0
El Mokawloon 2010-2011 Egypt 1 20 4 24 5
El Mokawloon 2011-2012 Egypt 1 15 7 15 7
Basel 2012-2013 Swiss 1 29 5 50 10
Basel 2013-2014 Swiss 1 18 4 29 10
Chelsea 2013-2014 Premier League 10 2 11 2
Chelsea 2014-2015 Premier League 3 0 8 0
Fiorentina 2014-2015 Italy 1 16 6 26 9
Roma 2015-2016 Italy 1 34 14 42 15
Roma 2016-2017 Italy 1 31 15 41 19
Total 179 57 251 77