PHOTOS: Liverpool sign first Egyptian footballer



Premier League club Liverpool opened a new chapter in their history on Thursday with the signing of 25-year-old Egyptian midfielder from Serie A outfit AS Roma.

The Reds have completed the deal to recruit Egypt international Mohamed Salah who has been handed the No.11 shirt at Anfield following a successful medical at Melwood and has put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

The pacey winger has played in England before, during a brief spell at Chelsea that began in January 2014.

However, he made just 19 appearances for the Blues before departing on loan to Fiorentina in February 2015.

A season-long loan stint with Roma followed, and the Italian club made that move permanent ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.

Salah finished the 2016-17 season as Roma’s second top goalscorer, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, 15 in Serie A alone to finish the campaign as the club’s second most significant scorer behind 39-goal striker Edin Dzeko. His 11 assists in the Italian top flight put him second only to Napoli attacker Jose Callejon (13).

He has represented his country at U20 and U23 level. Salah made his full international debut at the age of just 19 and has since picked up 52 full caps, scoring a remarkable 29 goals for the Pharaohs in that time.

Two other Egyptian players currently ply their trade in the Premier League; Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City).


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