Time For Firmino To Break The Curse Of Liverpool’s No.9 Shirt

Time For Firmino To Break The Curse Of Liverpool’s No.9 Shirt

There are a few iconic shirt numbers that you associate with Liverpool Football Club, with both No. 7 and No. 9 very much the standouts.

James Milner currently occupies the former once worn majestically by Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez, much to the dismay of many who want a more glamorous player donning it, but the latter has been vacant for a year.

That is until this week, when it was confirmed that Roberto Firmino would take the honour, with the Brazilian kindly allowing new signing Mohamed Salah to wear his No. 11 jersey.

Some true greats have been awarded that honour and thrived off it in the past, starting with Ian St John in the 1960s and Steve Heighway the following decade.

Ian Rush is unquestionably the greatest Red to have worn the No. 9, with the legendary striker netting 346 goals for the club, while Robbie Fowler was both untouchable and a hero to a generation in the mid-1990s.

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Analysis: Mohamed Salah compared to Sadio Mane

Analysis: Mohamed Salah compared to Sadio Mane

When I look back at the 2016/17 season one of the things many Liverpool fans bemoaned was the lack of a Sadio Mane back-up. When the Senegalese was missing, either due to international duty or injury, the Reds lacked pace and power in the team as well as a real goal threat. With the news breaking that Liverpool are close to signing Mohamed Salah the team at AI Under Pressure decided to look at the stats for both Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The graphic above shows just how both players compare. Salah’s stats collated over the last two years of football in Serie A and Europe whilst Sadio Mane’s numbers are based on his three years of Premier League football. The analysis by Dan Kennett shows that there are astounding similarities between the two players. The non-penalty goals per 90 figures and shots per 90 are pretty telling! If Liverpool were to sign the Egyptian international they’d be gaining a player with immense speed and a similar output to Sadio Mane, in fact his goal involvement at Roma was superior with him being involved in a goal every 129 minutes to Sadio’s 145 mins in the Premier League, caveats can be stated about different leagues at this point.

In terms of creativity Salah is more creative by one chance per 90, that would equate to 38 more chances created over a 38 game season, however, Liverpool’s number 19 attempts 1.1 more take-ons per game and has a success of 56% which is better than Mohamed Salah. So, whilst the goal output and shooting may be similar there is some difference in terms of creativity and take-ons.

The numbers show that Mohamed Salah would be an excellent signing for Liverpool and a welcome addition if he was to continue to perform at the level he has achieved at Roma. If you’re not one for stats you can have a look for yourself with Mohamed Salah’s goals and assists for Roma from the 2016/17 in the video below!

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What should Liverpool fans expect from Mohamed Salah?

What should Liverpool fans expect from Mohamed Salah?

Securing a top-four finish last season represented real progress for Liverpool, but the Reds’ inability to sustain a title challenge highlighted the need for more quality to be added to their squad.

Step forward Mohamed Salah, with the lightning-fast Egyptian international winger arriving at Anfield for the princely sum of £34m and looking to show Premier League audiences just what he is capable of.

Little time has passed since the 25-year-old endured a frustrating 13-game spell at Chelsea, but his subsequent switch to Serie A with Fiorentina and then AS Roma has breathed new life into his career.


Over the course of the last couple of campaigns, it would be fair to say that Salah has been tearing it up in the Italian capital, helping his side to secure consecutive top-three finishes:

In fact, his return of 29 goals and 17 assists from 65 top-flight appearances is a staggering one, particularly when you consider that he has spent most of his time operating on the right wing.

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Welcome to Liverpool: Mohamed Salah

Welcome to Liverpool: Mohamed Salah

Liverpool have officially completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma.

The Egyptian international, who registered 15 goals and 11 assists last season for the Giallorossi, joins Liverpool for a fee believed to be £34m before add ons, after back and forth negotiations between the two clubs and will be wearing the number 11 shirt previously worn by Roberto Firmino.

Salah represents the first proper foray into the transfer market in what will be a pivotal summer for Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp. Given the inundation of money into the Premier League, and the excellent position the Reds now possess with Champions League football on the horizon, the German will hope that Salah is the first of multiple high level signings who can come in and immediately improve Liverpool’s first team.

The pacey trickster will likely feature in Jürgen Klopp’s first team next season, flanking Roberto Firmino, with Sadio Mané acting as his opposite number on the left-hand side. Salah first broke onto the scene for Basel, scoring nine times in 46 appearances, before making what was ultimately an ill-fated move to Chelsea in January of 2013/14. It was in that transfer window in which Liverpool’s first pursuit of the Egyptian ultimately proved fruitless; possibly one of the key factors in Liverpool not reaching the pinnacle of Premier League football under former manager Brendan Rodgers.

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Salah’s first interview: ‘I feel the love – I’ll give everything for LFC’

A delighted Mohamed Salah pledged to give everything he has for Liverpool after completing his transfer to the Reds on a long-term deal.

The Egypt international sealed the formalities of a switch from AS Roma on Thursday, which will become official on July 1, to join Jürgen Klopp’s project at Anfield.

Salah soon sat down with Liverpoolfc.com for an exclusive first interview and revealed that he has already been feeling the appreciation from the club’s supporters.

The new No.11 explained his objectives for the coming seasons with Liverpool and stressed that he is determined to improve on his recent stellar form.

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Fact file: Mohamed Salah’s career so far in numbers

Find out more about Liverpool’s newest signing, Mohamed Salah, with our fact file on the man who will officially join the club on July 1, 2017.

The Reds completed the deal to recruit the Egypt international – who is set to wear the No.11 shirt – from AS Roma on Thursday evening.

Read on for a statistical look at the football journey that has taken Salah from Egypt to Switzerland, England to Italy, and now Anfield…

When Salah makes his debut for the club, he will become the first player from Egypt to represent Liverpool.

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

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 London club before departing on loan to Fiorentina in February 2015.

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In profile: Salah’s journey from Egypt to Anfield

Mohamed Salah

After Liverpool completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from AS Roma on Thursday, we profile the Egypt forward’s football journey so far.

The 25-year-old passed a medical and put pen to paper on a long-term contract at Melwood, which will come into effect on July 1, 2017.

Here is the story of his career to date…

Born in the Egyptian city of Basyoun, 100km or so north of Cairo, Salah’s footballing journey began in the Nasr City district of the country’s capital.

A talented youngster, he honed his skills in the youth teams of El Mokawloon SC, and made his debut for the senior side aged just 17 at the back end of the 2009-10 season, going on to make five appearances in total.

The following campaign saw Salah fully establish himself in the first team, and he grabbed his first goal at that level in a 1-1 away draw with eventual champions Al-Ahly in December.

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