In Focus: Liverpool set to boost firepower with Mohamed Salah addition

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Liverpool are closing in on an initial £35m deal to sign Roma winger Mohamed Salah, which could rise to £40m with add-ons.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to strengthen his attacking options this summer and the club has been in discussions with the Serie A giants about bringing the Egypt international back to the Premier League.

The Daily Mail reports that Roma are said to be demanding £39m up front for the 25-year-old, but the Merseyside outfit are hopeful they can reach a compromise by paying £35m with a further £5m to follow with add-ons.

How well did he do for Roma last season?

He was excellent.

Even though he was primarily deployed on the right-wing, Salah also played as a centre-forward, secondary striker and central attacking midfielder, and he ended the campaign with 19 goals and a further 15 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions.

Impressive numbers. Where will he fit in at Liverpool?

It’s difficult to say.

As we mentioned before Salah spent most of his time on the right-hand side last season, but with Sadio Mane starting there – and impressing – when he was available last season, and with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino also able to play on the left or the right, it remains to be seen exactly where Salah will fit in.

Perhaps he may start on the right with Mane switching to the left, but Liverpool certainly wouldn’t be paying up to £40m for a player that is going to start on the substitutes’ bench on a regular basis.

Can he be a Premier League success?

He certainly has all of the attributes to, yes.

The Egyptian is quick, skilful and has shown he has an eye for goal and creating chances for his teammates.

Even though he failed to make the grade at Chelsea having joined them from Basel in 2013 – although he wasn’t really given an opportunity ash he made just 19 appearances over two seasons, scoring two goals – it appears as though Salah has matured and become more of a consistent threat during his time with Roma.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, Klopp obviously feels that can Salah can make a difference to his side from an attacking point of view, and it will be interesting to see if he can have more of an impact than he did at Chelsea.