PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mohamed Salah - Why Egyptian star was nicknamed ‘chance killer’ in Switzerland

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: Mohamed Salah - Why Egyptian star was nicknamed ‘chance killer’ in Switzerland
Mohamed Salah

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jan 29, 2018. 19:00

The Egypt international has established himself as one of Europe's deadliest attacking stars this season.

His 24 goals for Liverpool have made him an instant hit at the English Premier League giants after joining the club from Italian side AS Roma last June.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the following article reveals how during his early days at Swiss giants FC Basel, Salah earned himself an unwanted nickname of 'Chance Killer' on account of his wayward finishing.

Retired Switzerland international Alexander Frei, who played with Salah at Basel, helped the left-footed attacker improve.

“When he arrived he was clearly a great talent but was very cavalier. There wasn't much in the way of pattern to his play,” Frei said.

“I put him on special shooting sessions and it did make him more effective in front of goal. I know he appreciated it.

“What we quickly noticed was his desire to do the necessary work. Every day he was prepared to put in the hard yards before and after training. On the pitch he was quiet, though he was very open to new ideas,” he continued.

“I'm not surprised he has since gone on to attain world-class status. He was unbelievably quick and now he has added structure to his attacking game.

“From his time in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma, he's gained a lot of tactical knowledge. And there's no question that the rapid transition football of Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp was made for him.”

Salah, 25, is amongst the top goalscorers in the English Premier League having scored 18 goals. He’s three goals behind the top scorer, Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur.

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