It may only have been 45 minutes against League One opposition in Wigan Athletic, but Mohamed Salah produced enough on his Liverpool debut to begin to get fans excited as they predict how he could improve the Reds’ attack in 2017/18.
Having missed the opening pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers due to visa issues, Salah put on the red shirt and took to the field for the first time at the DW Stadium in an attacking line-up alongside Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. With Sadio Mane still recovering from a knee injury, that could be the front three to start the season for Jurgen Klopp.
Straight from the off Salah made a major impact, taking just 31 seconds to burst down the wing and narrowly shoot over having left the Wigan defence for dead with his pace and drive with the ball at his feet.
Throughout, the Egyptian looked a menace with his smart movement and speed giving the League One defenders nightmares as he turned them inside out, capitalising on the vision and passing of Adam Lallana and Gini Wijnaldum in midfield.
Salah even got himself on the scoresheet for his first goal in Liverpool colours as he raced through alongside Philippe Coutinho to poke home past a helpless Wigan goakeeper when the Brazilian cut the ball back across to him on the edge of the 18 yard box on the stroke of half time.
That kind of team work alongside team-mates who Salah has only spent days in training with was enough to excite Reds fans, who had been enthused by his pace and skill on the ball. Likely to be competing with the likes of Sadio Mane for a starting spot, the notion of having Salah’s threat to bring off the bench against tiring Premier League defences is exactly what was missing last season.
It may only have been a brief debut against inferior opposition, but all the indications from Mohamed Salah’s debut suggest that he could live up to his transfer fee.
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