Wednesday Aug 08, 2018. 16:00
AS Roma President James Pallotta has revealed that losing Mohamed Salah to Liverpool ahead of the 2017-18 season was out of his hands and to date, the biggest loss since he has been part of the club.
The Egypt international enjoyed unrivaled personal success with the Reds last season, netting 44 goals in 52 games across all competitions as the club reached the UEFA Champions League final.
Salah struggled in his time at Chelsea, before ending up in Rome following a spell with Serie A rivals Fiorentina, where he found his form. The 26-year-old scored 34 goals in 83 games for Roma before moving to Anfield in July last year.
"I liked Salah a lot, but what a lot of people don't know is that we didn't have a choice in him leaving so it was difficult," said Pallotta in an interview with Kostas Manolas and Justin Kluivert on Roma's official Youtube chanel.
"He had one year left, he asked to leave and he felt like he had something to prove in the Premier League so it was really difficult," he concluded.
The Reds kick-off their 2018-19 EPL season with a clash at home against West Ham United.