Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher believes Mohamed Salah deserves to be heralded as the best Premier League signing of the summer.
The Egypt international struggled during an ill-fated spell at Chelsea three years ago but has returned to England totally revitalised after stints at both Roma and Fiorentina.
Jurgen Klopp opted to break Liverpool’s transfer record in order to bring the 25-year-old to Anfield and his judgement has been rewarded to the tune of 12 goals in all competitions, including two more in Saturday’s 4-1 demolition of West Ham at the London Stadium.
Ahead of Liverpool’s trip to east London, Carragher said: ‘Of all the transfers last summer, none has had more impact than Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.
‘Romelu [Lukaku] has also made an immediate impression at Manchester United – who have made a better start to this season – but Salah has only one goal fewer than the centre-forward. It is some goal rate.
‘Since Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in 2015, the most goals any Liverpool player has scored in a season is 14 (Philippe Coutinho in 2016/17).
‘When I saw Salah score his first for the club at Watford on the opening day, I felt this was a player who would score 15 this season. I underestimated. He is on schedule to get 25.
‘The Egyptian is more than a traditional winger.
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‘He is a wide striker with the ability to get into goalscoring positions every time he plays.
‘There has been plenty of criticism of Liverpool’s recruitment in recent years – much of it deserved.
‘But just as with the signing of Sadio Mane in 2016, they have spent very well in bringing Salah back to England after his disappointing spell at Chelsea.
‘Paying over £35 million seemed risky, but as was the case with Mane, Salah already looks to be worth more than he cost.’