Amidst some very high profile transfers into the Premier League in the summer of 2017, the signing of Mohamed Salah by Liverpool almost went unnoticed. The Egyptian had EPL experience from a stint at Chelsea but had an unhappy time at Stamford Bridge before being shipped out to Roma, firstly on loan and then on a permanent basis in 2016.
His record in Serie A was good but few would have expected the striker to make such an impression at Anfield and following Liverpool’s first game of 2018, Salah’s record stood at 17 goals from 21 league matches.
It’s therefore not surprising that the player receives lots of attention in terms of price boosts and enhanced odds offers from across the sportsbooks so we’ll consider what options are there, while taking a closer look at the career of Mohamed Salah.
Salah started his professional career with Egyptian side El Mokawloon, making his full debut in the 2010/11 season. Two years in his home country produced a modest scoring record of 11 goals from 38 league matches but it was enough to convince Swiss side Basel to sign the player on a four year contract in 2012.
His striking record didn’t improve dramatically but Salah won Switzerland’s top individual player award in 2013 and with Basel drawn against a number of English clubs in European competition, Chelsea had started to take notice. In 2014, the striker headed to Stamford Bridge but it was an unhappy period that saw two loan moves out to Fiorentina and then Roma.
A permanent move to Rome followed and that’s when Mohamed Salah’s career really started to take off. 19 goals in 41 games during the 2016/17 season was enough to persuade Liverpool to give the player another chance in the English Premier League. So far, it’s been an incredible return and Salah is a vital component if the Reds are going to become Champions League regulars and challenge for titles in the future.
Salah came through the junior levels of Egyptian football before making his debut for the full national side in September 2011. A month later he scored his first senior goal against Niger and has become an important player for Egypt ever since.
He was named in the team of the tournament at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but perhaps Salah’s biggest achievement came with the five goals in qualification that saw The Pharaohs reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia – their first finals since Italia 90.
At the end of 2017, Mohamed Salah had scored a healthy 32 goals in 56 full internationals so it’s quite possible that we’ll see a number of enhanced odds offers based around the player when we reach Russia 2018.
Recent Scoring Record
Here is Mohamed Salah’s scoring record in major competitions over the last few seasons:
|Season||Serie A:||English League Cup / Coppa Italia:||European Club Competition:|
|2014/15:||Six Goals in 16 Games||0 Goals in two Games||One Goal in Eight Games|
|2015/16:||14 Goals in 34 Games||Did Not Appear||One Goal in Seven Games|
|2016/17:||15 Goals in 31 Games||Did Not Appear||Two Goals in Eight Games|
Those figures clearly show a player who is improving steadily in the league and most of the price boost offers from around the sportsbooks will focus on these matches. However, along with the prolific league record for new club Liverpool, Mohamed Salah scored six goals in eight Champions League games prior to the knockout stages of 2017/18 so we should also see some enhanced odds promos based on European competition.
The types of offers may see price boosts on Salah to score first in any match or they may combine a double of Liverpool to win and the player to score anytime. Of course, those deals could extend to the 2018 World Cup in Russia where he is an important player in the Egyptian squad.
Mohamed Salah has only just signed a long term contract with Liverpool so he’s unlikely to be moving away from Anfield just yet, although his record in the Premier League could well start to attract the giants of the game such as Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Harry Kane is believed to be a target of Real at least but if they miss out on the Tottenham man they may well turn their attentions elsewhere in pursuit of a World Class striker. The key for Liverpool is to keep the player happy by consistently challenging for trophies and competing in the Champions League on a regular basis.
If that happens, the Egyptian could be a Liverpool player for many years but wherever he plays, we should see a whole host of Mohamed Salah price boosts tailored to this talented striker.