The Egyptian forward has admitted that he wasn’t sure how he would fit into the Reds’ starting XI upon his arrival at Anfield in 2017.
Mohamed Salah has revealed that the first question he asked Jurgen Klopp after signing for Liverpool was regarding whether or not he would be replacing Sadio Mane on the right wing.
Salah completed a £37 million ($46m) move to Liverpool from Roma in the summer of 2017, embarking on his second stint in the Premier League.
The Egypt international had previously failed to make the grade at Chelsea, which is why more than a few eyebrows were raised when the Reds forked out a club-record fee for his services.
However, the 28-year-old quickly justified his price tag by becoming the highest-scoring player in a single Premier League season, and has since built on that platform to help Liverpool win a whole host of major honours.
Salah won a second successive Golden Boot in 2018-19 while also helping Jurgen Klopp’s side conquer the Champions League, striking up a fearsome alliance in the final third with Mane and Roberto Firmino in the process.
The former Chelsea flop has hit another 17 goals during Liverpool’s run to Premier League glory this term, two more than Mane, who was shifted out onto the left after Salah’s arrival at Anfield.
Salah has admitted that he initially sought out clarity from Klopp over a coveted role on the right of Liverpool’s front three amid fears he would have to compete with Mane.
The Reds star told beIN Sports : “He talked with me a lot and his future plan which made me very excited. My first question for him was ‘What about Sadio?’ as we are playing in the same position and he said that Mane will play on the left.”
Salah and Mane made headlines in September after appearing to clash during Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Burnley.
Source: News update