Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring
Monday Mar 26, 2018. 19:00
Egypt international Salah has made Liverpool FC fans forget about Brazilian superstar Philippe Coutinho.
This is according to Liverpool legend Terry McDermott, who was speaking to Daily Mirror about record-breaking Salah's impact in his maiden season at the English club.
Coutinho, who left the Reds for Spanish giants FC Barcelona last January, had established himself as Liverpool's best player.
“Salah has made people forget about Philippe Coutinho and I honestly couldn’t see that ever happening. Coutinho was a great player and usually, when he played well, Liverpool would win. When he went, I thought he was going to be a massive loss," McDermott. said on Daily Mirror.
“He creates just as many chances and I’m not having a go at Coutinho, because he is a fantastic player, but I have to say that Salah is unbelievable. I’ve never known someone in their first season at Anfield except for Kenny Dalglish to have made such an impact," the retired midfielder added.
“We knew what Kenny had done for Celtic and Scotland, but it wasn’t until we saw him in training that we realised he was absolutely brilliant. “He was beyond belief. We wondered: ‘What have we got here?’
“We didn’t think anyone could replace Kevin Keegan, who had left for Hamburg in the summer and had been worshipped by the Kop. “It was a similar situation with Coutinho, but what Salah has done has made certain that the team hasn’t suffered," he said.
“What a foursome that would have been. Keegan, Dalglish, Coutinho and Salah. I don’t think Liverpool would lose too many games!”
Salah, who joined the Reds from Italian side AS Roma last June, broke a record of scoring 36 times in his debut season for Liverpool.
He was on the scoresheet as Egypt lost 2-1 to Portugal in an international friendly match in Poland on Friday.