It’s crazy to think there was a time where football fans thought £34 million for Mohamed Salah was over-paying.
Since moving to Anfield in the summer of 2017, Salah has established himself as not one of the best players in the Premier League, but in the world of football. His list of accomplishments in his debut season was impressive, and the attacker has continued his incredible form this campaign as Liverpool mount their first challenge for the title since the 2013/14 season.
The Egyptian winger has been a roaring success on Merseyside, and his form has his value rise dramatically since arriving at Liverpool. According to a recent study by the CIES (via the Daily Mail), Salah is now the third most valuable player in the Premier League at £160 million, just £1 million behind Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling and £11 million off the player who holds the top spot, Harry Kane.
That means that in the two years Salah has been at Liverpool, his value has increased over four and a half times since his move from AS Roma, and his CIES valuation comes fairly close to his Transfermarkt value of £135 million.
These numbers are absolutely ridiculous and only go to show how smart manager Jurgen Klopp is when it comes to finding talent and driving up their value.
This was the strategy that allowed his former club, Borussia Dortmund, to earn a good chunk of their money by selling on the likes of Mario Gotze and Mats Hummels for big fees after acquiring them for next to nothing, and Salah isn’t the only Liverpool player to have his value increase massively under the German manager.
Dominic Solanke, who Liverpool signed for a free and hardly used in the Premier League, was sold last winter to Bournemouth for a reported fee of £19 million, the same club that signed Jordan Ibe for £15 million a few years back from the Reds as well.
Salah is unlikely to leave the club anytime soon, but if the Egyptian star is the depart Anfield one day it is likely to be for a club record fee, and it will be down to Klopp’s unique ability to find players who can be sold for profit.
Liverpool fans, what fee would you take for Salah? Let us know!