After he flopped at Chelsea, many felt that Salah simply couldn’t cut the mustard in England. Klopp, ever the optimist, disagreed.
Salah made no secret of just how determined he was to banish the ghosts of that miserable Chelsea spell–and boy did it show.
Salah’s Incredible First Season at Anfield
His first season at Anfield was nothing short of a coronation. The Egyptian King made the Premier League his playground, finding the net with terrifying ease and driving his new side towards the promised land of the UEFA Champions League final. Watch the video:
Salah netted 44 times in all competitions that season, the Premier League scoring record fell, he won the Golden Boot, a Puskas award followed, and he was named the PFA Player of the Year.
Could He Ever Be That Good Again?
In a way, that scintillating first season proved to be a bit of a problem for Salah. However hard he tried, whatever followed, it may never match-up, and the growing doubters made their voices heard.
He still won a Golden Boot in his second season, the Champions League as well. In combination with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, he took Liverpool to within a hair-breadth of their first Premier League title ever, but still, doubts seemed to linger.
30 Years of Hurt
As Salah roared shirtless in front of the adoring Kop after scoring against Manchester United, Liverpool fans finally believed that it was their year.