Things have improved of late, though not many would doubt the fact that this has been far from a vintage year for the Liverpool fans here in the Transfer Tavern. Amid so much defensive frailty, there haven’t been a huge amount of bright spots.
Still, the form of summer signing Mo Salah is certainly something to get excited about. While paying almost £40m for a Chelsea reject divided opinion over the course of the summer, the Egyptian has looked an inspired addition on Merseyside.
With that in mind, comments from Jurgen Klopp in the Liverpool Echo have shed some insight on how exactly they landed him from Roma. Indeed, though the German apparently had a lot of options on the table, the club’s scouting network reportedly pushed him to raid the Italian giants for the 25-year-old attack.
“We watched Salah so often, saw him so often,” he said.
“The scouting department was really behind me, and wanted to do it even earlier so that nobody could jump in!
“We were sure he can help us. Michael Edwards, Dave Fallows and Barry [Hunter], they were really in my ear and were on it: ‘Come on, come on, Mo Salah, he’s the solution!’
“When you have 20 players on the table, different players, it’s difficult to make an early decision, but we all were convinced about it so could make the early decision so we could really get him. He’s a fantastic person, a nice lad and a really good football player.”
Liverpool’s infamous transfer committee has attracted an awful lot of criticism over the years, though those behind the scenes look to have landed a great deal, with Salah already bagging 12 goals for the Reds.
More of the same. If the scouting network can transfer that sort of enthusiasm into defensive recruitments, there would really be no stopping Liverpool.