Chelsea legend Frank Lampard explains the reason why Liverpool star Mohammed Salah failed at Chelsea even after a flying start of career at Liverpool.
The Egyptian moved to Merseyside this summer and hasn’t failed to disappoint a single Liverpool fan. Moreover, he’s a fan favourite and one of the key players in the team. So far, he has netted 12 goals for Liverpool and score a brace against Hammers.
Speaking of his Chelsea career, Salah only featured in 13 games for Chelsea after joining the club in 2012. After that, he joined Fiorentina on loan and then went to Roma on a permanent move. In Serie A, he proved his mettle by scoring 29 goals in 65 matches and became Jurgen Klopp’s top priority this summer.
In an interview with BT Sport after Liverpool’s 4-1, Frank Lampard, who played alongside Salah for a few games, explained why the Egyptian struggled to establish his place in the Chelsea team
‘It wasn’t easy and he was up against the likes of [Eden] Hazard, Oscar and [Juan] Mata was around there in his early days.’
‘So it was tough for him to come in then and he probably wasn’t quite ready for it.’
‘The good thing for him is he’s gone away and come on leaps and bounds.’
‘He’s got confidence and personality now that he maybe didn’t have when he was young. ‘But he always had the speed and the touch. But he’s a completely different player to what he was at Chelsea and it is complete credit to him for that.’
It won’t be fair to say if losing Salah was a big mistake by Chelsea. When he was there, he wasn’t mature enough to earn his place in the team. Although, after seeing his current form at Liverpool, his return makes it hard not to question his move away from Chelsea. The list of great players lost by Chelsea keeps on increasing every summer, be it Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku or Nemanja Matic.
What are your thoughts? Do you think losing Salah was a mistake?