The Merseysiders have completed the signing of Roma forward Mohamed Salah on a five-year deal, with the fee rising to £34.3m, according to Sky sources.
By SportBrief Reporter
Liverpool concluded business in regards to signing AS Roma attacker Mohamed Salah on Friday as they look to beef up their squad for the coming season.
The Reds returned with an improved offer after as they had an initial offer of £28m rejected earlier in June, as they have been relentless in their pursuit of the former Chelsea player persistence has been rewarded, with the contract officially beginning on July 1.
The 25-year-old had a medical at the Melwood training ground on Thursday and will wear the No 11 shirt next season, with Roberto Firmino switching to take the No 9 shirt.
“Mohamed has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“He knows the Premier League, he has pedigree in the Champions League and he is one of the most important players for his country.
“His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad. I have followed him since he emerged at Basel and he has matured into a really good player.
“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.
“Most important though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it. He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters.
“He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.
“I welcome him and his family into our Liverpool family.”
No doubt this news would be greeted with much enthusiasm from the Anfield faithful as there was the feeling that Jurgen Klopp’s side was lacking in squad depth for the greater part of the just ended season.
This view was better illustrated in the mid-season when the club suffered an incredible slump in form as they lost their star forward Sadio Mane. And with the Red’s having secured Champions League qualification, Salah’s signing would somewhat be a statement of intent by the club.