Micah Richards has claimed that he always knew Mo Salah would be a Liverpool superstar, but that even he has been astounded by what the Egyptian has accomplished at Anfield
Richards was speaking to the Daily Mail after Mo Salah scored the game-winning goal as Liverpool defeated Nottingham Forest on Merseyside on Saturday.
In the process, Salah moved up to sixth on the Reds’ all-time scoring list. On 183, he is now tied with Robbie Fowler. Given that the 30-year-old only arrived in 2017, it is a remarkable return.
Richards congratulates Mo Salah on yet another historic goal.
Few could have predicted how successful a signing he would be when he first arrived. He was previously labeled a flop during his time at Chelsea.
Even his successful stint at Roma did not quite foreshadow what was to come. Salah’s lowest Premier League tally is 19. He’s currently on 16 this time around, so don’t be surprised if that statistic holds true.
Richards, it turns out, has long been aware of Salah’s talent, having played alongside him at Fiorentina. Even he admitted that he was surprised by how well his spell worked.
“It was Mo Salah’s dream to become a Liverpool legend.” “I played with him at Fiorentina, and whenever we went out for coffee, he talked about his desire to eventually move to Anfield,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I knew Liverpool had a superstar on their hands when they signed him in 2017, but even I’ve been astounded by the number of goals he’s scored.”
“He only needs four more to overtake Steven Gerrard (186) and enter the club’s all-time top five.” Don’t count on him doing it before the end of the season.”
One of the best Premier League signings
It’s remarkable that some questioned Liverpool’s decision to reintroduce Salah to the Premier League. There was certainly a sense that the Reds were taking a huge risk by spending £34.3 million.
Those of us who questioned it even for a second have been left with egg on our faces.
Salah has to be considered one of the best Premier League signings in history. And, as Richards suggests, there appears to be a lot more to come from the future.