Mo Salah; Club History

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Mohamed Salah

 

Mohamed Salah is having arguably the â??season of his career’ right now. Since joining LFC in June, Salah has broken numerous records and won several awards as he has impressed in his second stint in the Premier League.

 

El Mokawloon

 

Salah began his career at Egyptian side El Mokawoon. His first senior appearance for the club came in an away draw in May 2010 to El Mansoura. In the new season, the Egyptian became a regular in the side and got his first professional goal on Christmas day in 2010. In the following season, Mo appeared in every game for his club, in what turned out to be his last season with the Egyptian side.

 

The Port Stadium disaster in 2012 saw the Egyptian Premier League postpone their matches for the rest of the season and it was then decided by the Egyptian government, that the league would close for two years. Salah’s career at El Mokawloon saw the Egyptian score 12 times in 44 appearances for the club, with 11 of those goals coming in his 38 Egyptian Premier League games. Salah really impressed in his final season at the Egyptian club as he scored 7 times in 15 appearances before the season was forced to end early.

 

 

 

FC Basel

 

The Swiss side announced the signing of Mohamed Salah in April 2012 after the Egyptian really impressed when Basel faced Egypt Under 23’s in a friendly. Mo got 2 goals after coming on at Half-time in a 4-3 win for the Egyptians. Mohamed Salah scored on his first appearance for Basel in a friendly match against FCSB in a 4-2 defeat. His official debut for the Swiss Super League side was also his Champions League debut, a substitute appearance against Molde. Salah scored his first goal in the Swiss Super League, against Lausanne a week after his league debut for the club. Salah impressed in his first season at Basel as they won the league and finished runners up in the cup. Basel also did well in the Europa League that season, before defeat to Chelsea who went on to win the competition, in the semi-final. Salah scored twice in Basel’s Europa League run, both against English opposition as he scored in the Semi-Final against Chelsea as well as in the Quarter-Final tie versus Tottenham.

 

In 2013/14 Basel were drawn in the same Champions League group as Chelsea. Basel beat Chelsea twice that season, and Mo scored in both ties. Despite this, Basel finished 3rd in their Champions’ League group. The Egyptian’s Basel career finished in January 2014 with Mo scoring 20 times in his 79 appearances for the Swiss Champions

 

Chelsea

 

 

Mohamed Salah was confirmed as a Chelsea player on the 26th January 2014 for a fee of £11 million. Salah’s first goal for the club came on the 22nd March against Arsenal in the Premier League. The Egyptian’s best game for the club was in a 3-0 win against Stoke in April 2014, as Mo scored, won a penalty and got an assist in the fixture against the Potteries. In 2014/15, Salah only played 3 times for the North London club and didn’t manage to score for Chelsea before he was sent out on loan to Fiorentina in January. Salah left Chelsea with only 2 goals in 19 appearances.

 

Fiorentina

 

Mohamed Salah really impressed in Serie A during his 18-month loan spell at Fiorentina as part of the Cuadrado deal. He scored his first goal for The Gigliati on his first start for the club in a 2-2 draw against Sassuolo. The Egyptian scored 9 times in 26 appearances for Fiorentina in his stint at the club. The Italian side opted to make his loan move permanent at the end of the 2014-15 season, however, Salah rejected and moved to Serie A rivals Roma on loan till the end of the season, despite the Egyptian originally supposed to be at Fiorentina for 18 months.

 

 

 

Roma

 

Salah’s first goal for Roma also came against Sassuolo and scored in 3 consecutive games for Roma as he also scored against Carpi and Sampdoria. Mohamed Salah finished his loan spell at the Italian side as their top scorer with 15 competitions, the Egyptian also got 6 assists during the season, and won their player of the season award. At the end of the season, Roma signed Salah, on a permanent deal.

 

Salah impressed again for Roma in 2016/17 as he scored 19 times in 41 appearances. He caught the eye of Jurgen Klopp who made him Liverpool’s first signing ahead of the 2017/18 season.

 

Egypt

 

In 2017, Mo Salah made history for Egypt, as his late penalty against Congo saw Egypt go through to the World Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. Mo has scored 32 times in 56 caps for his country and will be key for Egypt in the upcoming World Cup in Russia at the end of the season. He is a hero for his home nation, and he’s quickly becoming a hero in Liverpool too.

Salah’s first goal for his country came in 2011 against Niger in a 3-0 win. It was only his second cap for his country.

 

 

Mohamed Salah at LFC.

 

25-year-old Mo came to Liverpool for £35 million this summer, having scored 76 goals so far in his professional career. The Egyptian has blown everyone away with class performances and is currently the Premier League second top goal scorer with 15 goals, 3 behind Harry Kane. Salah has scored 21 goals in all competitions since joining The Reds in June. It is no doubt that Salah is the signing of the Summer as he has lit up the Premier League with dazzling performances in his second stint in England. Salah equalled Daniel Sturridge as the second quickest player to get to 20 goals at LFC. He also equalled Daniel Sturridge’s record of being the quickest player to reach 10 Premier League goals at Liverpool as it took him just 13 games. Mo has won numerous awards in his short time at LFC so far with Premier League player of the Month for November being one of them. He has also won LFC’s Player of the Month award on 3 out of 4 occasions! In December, Mo was named as African Player of the Year 2017.

 

Mohamed Salah has been class since joining Liverpool in June and is no doubt having the best season of his career so far. He has quickly become a lend at Liverpool and The Reds are hoping for more success from Salah as we wait and see how many more records the Egyptian can break.

 

Article by Jack Gill

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