Liverpool’s rise from mid-table obscurity in the early and mid 2010s to becoming an English and European heavyweight once again has been down to several factors, but arguably none have been more important than the outstanding recruitment.
Jurgen Klopp’s arrival in October 2015 was a pivotal part of Liverpool’s transformation in the subsequent years, but the appointment of Michael Edwards as director of football just 11 months later was also fundamental in their development.
Under Edwards, the Anfield outfit have brought in the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Fabinho, but there’s arguably one player who has catapulted them back to their former glory more than any other.
In July 2017, Liverpool splashed out £34m to bring flying winger Mohamed Salah to Merseyside from Italian outfit AS Roma.
The Eygpt international has gone on to establish himself as one of the world’s most prolific goalscorers in world football ever since. In 209 appearances for Klopp’s charges, Salah has bagged an incredible 130 goals, providing a further 49 assists for his teammates.
His heroics have helped fire the 19-time English champions to their maiden Premier League title, a Champions League crown, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his time at Anfield.
Salah’s impressive exploits over the last four years have earned praise from several impressed onlookers, including his current boss.
“He is an outstanding signing, but for sure the way he developed, the way he treats himself, the game preparation, the training preparation, training attitude and all these kind of things, that’s exceptional,” gushed Klopp last season. “That’s a real role model, and he deserves all that, absolutely.”
The African star’s recent success has seen his market value skyrocket to £90m, highlighting just how much of an exceptional job Edwards did in securing Salah’s signature.
With only two years left on his current contract, it remains to be seen if the 29-year-old commits his future to the club, but either way, Edwards certainly struck gold by bringing him back to English football following his rather tepid stint at Chelsea.