Salah to hang around to make history at Liverpool – Henderson

first_img0Shares0000Mohamed Salah has been voted player of the year by his fellow Premier League professionals for his goal-scoring exploits © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 24 – Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is confident Mohamed Salah will not be lured away from Anfield in the same manner the Egyptian was tempted from Roma last year.Salah has surpassed all expectations since his then-club record 42 million-euro (£37 million, $52 million) move back to the Premier League last June and will face his old club in the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final on Tuesday. An incredible return of 41 goals in 46 appearances saw Salah crowned the Premier League Players’ Player of the Year on Sunday.However, unlike Liverpool stars of recent seasons such as Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho, who were attracted by the glamour of a move to Barcelona, Henderson hopes Salah is convinced to stay by the growing momentum at Liverpool and the belief they can compete for major trophies under Jurgen Klopp.“He’s a fantastic player, obviously he’s up there with the world’s best and there will be other clubs that want to take him away,” said Henderson.“But he’s in a great place with a great set of lads, great team, with a great manager, going in the right direction. We want to create our own history here and I’m sure Mo will want to be part of that for many years to come.”Roma co-owner James Pallotta recognised this week that Liverpool didn’t even have to beat off much competition to Salah’s signature, as he had only shown inconsistent flashes of his full potential in two years in the Italian capital.– Klopp’s ‘privileged’ players –Klopp is credited with finding the system to bring the best out of Salah.And having led Liverpool back to the last four of the Champions League for the first time in a decade, Henderson said his team-mates feel “privileged” to work with the German.“He’s one of the best managers in the world. First and foremost tactically it goes without question how knowledgeable he is within the game, you can see that in the performances, the style of play and how we play football,” he added.“Off the field he’s a fantastic human. Very genuine, has a great passion for football and that transcends throughout the team.“He always keeps you on your toes, always looking for more, he never wants the standards to drop no matter who we are playing. He’s an amazing manager and everybody in the squad feels privileged to be working with him.”Roma have had to wait even longer for a European Cup semi-final with their last appearance coming 34 years ago when they beat Dundee United but went on to lose to Liverpool in the final.The manner in which they reached the semi-finals even outshone Liverpool’s 5-1 quarter-final thrashing of Premier League champions Manchester City as Roma came back from a 4-1 first leg deficit against Barcelona thanks to a 3-0 second leg victory masterminded by Roma’s own impressive coach in Eusebio Di Francesco.But apart from their physical similarities, Di Francesco — who is making his debut as a coach in the Champions League this season — believes he has a long way to go to earn comparisons with Klopp.“As Klopp mentioned there are similarities in that we both wear glasses and have a beard,” he joked. “But I very much like his outlook.“I am concerned we play a team coached by such a great manager. Klopp has proved himself, has won already titles, but I have great ambitions.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

10 brilliant players who cost less than the £34.3m Liverpool spent on Salah

first_img 10 Robert Lewandowski – Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich (FREE TRANSFER) – Bayern Munich snapped up Lewandowski in January 2014 after his contract with their German rivals expired. The Pole had been top scorer in the season as Dortmund finished second behind Bayern. Lewandowski has been an absolute steal on Bayern’s behalf and he has gone on to score 110 goals in just 147 games and has knocked in at least 30 league goals in two consecutive seasons, with the 2016/17 title being Bayern’s the fifth successive crown. Lewandowski has caused controversy in recent days after it was rumoured he was unhappy and wanted to leave the German champions, leading to interest from Chelsea and Man United. Alvaro Morata – Juventus to Real Madrid for £24m – The young Spaniard has been heavily linked with a big money move to Manchester United over the last few weeks. If Morata does leave, Madrid could almost triple the money they spent when they re-signed the 24-year-old from Italian giants Juventus. The striker endured a patchy first spell at the 12-time European champions, but hit form and shone at Juventus, which led to Madrid activating their buy-back clause. Sadio Mané – Southampton to Liverpool for £34m – The Senegal frontman was only marginally cheaper than Salah when he joined last June. Multiple people were critical of Mané’s price tag but the winger/striker has proven to be a fan favourite at Anfield after scoring 13 goals in 29 games coupled with five assists. Liverpool were the only club within touching distance of Chelsea at Christmas until Mané was preoccupied at the African Cup of Nations. Without his pace Klopp’s men failed to win a single game. Fans will be hoping Mané can repeat last year’s performances as they push for the title. 10 N’Golo Kanté – Leicester to Chelsea for £30.4m – This deal has been seen as an absolute bargain after the French workhorse helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2017 just a season after creating history with Leicester. Kanté’s work ethic and tracking back has become basic knowledge over his two seasons in the Premier League and the midfielder topped the charts in a number of aspects such as tackles won and distance covered. His performances were rewarded with the Player of the Year award at the end of the 2016/17 campaign. 10 10 10 10 Thiago Silva – AC Milan to PSG for £33m – After PSG fell under new ownership in 2012, Thiago Silva was bought for a hefty fee but the club’s owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, claimed Silva was “the best defender in the world”. The Brazilian has proven to be a top signing as PSG attempted to move their domestic success onto the European stage. Despite failing to do so, Silva has been a key part of the club’s four league titles in five years. Romelu Lukaku – Chelsea to Everton for £28m – Lukaku is another player who is being linked with a move away from their current club. The forward, according to reports, has already agreed a deal with a new club and it is believed to be Chelsea, who sold the powerful Belgium international to Everton back in 2014. Lukaku was second highest goal scorer last term with 25 goals and he has bagged 85 Premier League goals despite only being 24 years of age. Many are aware of his capability but others have questioned his performances in the big games. Mats Hummels – Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich for £31.5m – Hummels was another player to join Bayern from Dortmund, following in the footsteps of Lewandowski and Götze. Hummels is considered by many as one of the best defenders in the world and has enjoyed a trophy laden career which includes the Bundesliga title and World Cup. If you take into account the defenders’ success and ability, £31.5m is a very cheap transfer fee. Paulo Dybala – Palermo to Juventus for £28.2m (£8m in add-ons) – This Argentine maestro has been likened to Lionel Messi, but he certainly out-performed him in Juventus’ Champions League semi-final win against Barcelona. Dybala caught the attention of a host of European clubs during this year’s competition due to his thrilling style of play and the striker’s price tag looks very cheap considering his potential. He has already won two Serie A titles and two Italian Cups. Dybala is still only 23 years old and has an exciting career ahead of him. Mohamed Salah is finally a Liverpool player after joining from Roma in an estimated £34.3m transfer.The Reds missed out on the Egypt winger in 2014 when he was snapped up by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea for £11m. He joined Roma permanently in 2016 after an initial loan spell, but has been linked with Liverpool for a number of months.In June, the club were thought to have had a £28m offer rejected, but the club returned with more money and the deal was completed on Thursday night.It’s a lot of money and here, talkSPORT looks at 10 brilliant players who have cost less than Salah in the last decade as transfer fees continue to rise. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United for £25.4m – Mkhitaryan became Mourinho’s third signing at United. The Armenian international is yet to reach his full potential at the club after he endured a mixed first season. However, Mkhitaryan put in some classy showings in Europe as United won the Europa League and he even scored in the final against Ajax. The Red Devils will need Mkhitaryan to be more consistent in the league if they are to challenge this year. 10 10 10 Eden Hazard – Lille to Chelsea for £32m – Hazard was without doubt one of Europe’s best performers this season. His dazzling dribbling and stunning ball control were key to Chelsea’s surge towards winning the title. He will soon be challenging Europe’s best for the Ballon d’Or. Hazard has openly stated “it would be hard to turn down Real Madrid” and Chelsea will face a tough fight to keep their star man. 10last_img read more