Sunday Dec 30, 2018. 11:00
Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed that he considered signing Mohamed Salah in his time at French champions Paris Saint-Germain, but was uncertain whether the Egyptian would be able to cope with the pressures of playing for a major club.
Salah joined Liverpool from AS Roma ahead of the 2017/18 season, having bounced back to form in Italy following an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea.
The 26-year-old took the English Premier League by storm in his second coming, netting 44 goals across all competitions last season as Liverpool reached the UEFA Champions League final.
Salah has continued to prove doubters wrong this season and despite a slow start, he has scored 16 goals, assisting a further eight in 27 matches.
He was at it again on Saturday evening as the Reds moved nine points clear atop the league standings with a 5-1 thumping of Arsenal at Anfield, scoring from the penalty spot to take his goal tally to 60 in 79 matches for the Merseyside club.
"We spoke about the possibility to sign Salah to Paris Saint-Germain when he was playing at Roma," Emery said.
"We had some doubts -- and then he signed for Liverpool and these doubts he has broken at Liverpool. Now, if you are speaking about the five top players in the world, one is Salah."