Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool’s signing of Mohamed Salah

Liverpool legend-turned-pundit Michael Owen gave his view on social media following the Reds’ signing of Mohamed Salah.

The Egypt international joined the Merseyside giants from AS Roma following weeks of negotiations over a transfer sum. Eventually, both clubs agreed on a £34m deal for the deal to go through, as per BBC Sport, and the player has followed to ink a five-year contract at Anfield.

Owen, who is nowadays considered a Pantomime villain at Liverpool due to his Manchester United links, feels his former club have made an exciting signing in the form of Salah, who would add extra pace in the already impressive frontline, he tweeted: “Salah adds pure pace to the Liverpool front line. Been very good in Italy. Exciting signing.”

Jurgen Klopp has been dependent on the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane to take up the wider roles, and he now has the option of a Salah in hand, should one of the pair get injured during the course of the upcoming season. Salah is unlikely to compete with the likes of Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge for the lone role up front, and his chances of making an instant impact could rest upon his pre-season showing.

The Egypt international was initially keen on an Anfield switch back in the winter of 2014 but unfortunately the Reds could not finalise a transfer fee with Basel, who instead received a better offer from Chelsea. His time at Stamford Bridge was one to forget as he was restricted to just six league starts before joining Fiorentina on loan. The 2015/16 season saw him join the Giallorossi on another temporary spell where he made himself a regular in order to earn a permanent contract.

Salah bagged 15 goals and 11 assists for Roma en route to a second-place finish in the Serie A and he will hope for much better results with Liverpool, who held an edge over their close rivals last season.