Mohamed Salah signed from Roma for £36.5 million to become Liverpool’s record transfer fee. He scored 29 goals in 65 appearances in Serie A, and has been capped 52 times by his country, scoring 29 goals in that time. The Egyptian will be wearing the number 11 shirt next season which has been vacated by Roberto Firmino who has taken on the number 9 jersey.
So what will Salah bring to Liverpool? He has already shown in preseason that he brings goals, after scoring against Wigan, Crystal Palace and Hertha Berlin. It’s clear that he is blessed with lightening pace, which will be useful for the Reds next season as they attempt to break down the stubborness of the Premier League’s defensive lines.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the move was sealed, Salah said: “I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy”.
“I will give 100 per cent and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club”.
Dominic Solanke arrived from Chelsea, with the fee to be agreed by a tribunal. Solanke had quite a summer after winning the Under 20s World Cup in South Korea. The forward even picked up the player of the tournament award, after scoring 4 goals. Dominic has already impressed in a Liverpool shirt, scoring in pre season friendlies against Crystal Palace and Hertha Berlin. He has showed that he can finish well, and has a good combination of power and speed. At 19 years of age, Solanke looks to be a great edition for the Reds, although may need to accept that he will be a squad player for the majority of the season.
After signing for Liverpool, Solanke said:
“It feels amazing and everyone has made me feel welcome already”.
“Even just pulling on the training top, I was over the moon. Hopefully I can put on the shirt in the near future and make some history here.”
Andy Robertson arrived from relegated Hull City for £10 million. With the current climate of the transfer market, this could turn out to be a fantastic price. The left back position was an area that desperately needed improving. James Milner had been occupying this role last season, but it was clear to see that it was not his natural position. Robertson is a left footed full back with plenty of pace and has great crossing ability, something that we lacked last season.
There has been much doubt about Robertson’s ability to play for Liverpool, but given the chance the Scot will shine in this team. Andy’s rise to the top has been inspirational, after climbing from amateur football and the way up to the Champions League.
After arriving at Melwood, Robertson stated:
“When you grow up as a kid you dream of playing with big clubs such as Liverpool and to make that a reality is a dream come true for me”.
“I just want to prove to people that I can do it at this level, and hopefully I manage to do that this season and do good things for this club.”
We may need to sign a few more players but the squad is now looking good. We are still pushing to sign Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton, which has been the most dramatic saga of the summer so far. With that addition the team should be ready for fight for trophies on four fronts next season, and we can expect big things from the Reds.