Reasons why Mohamed Salah ended Liverpool’s interest in Riyad Mahrez


From Alex Teixiera to Mario Gotze and from Ben Chilwell to Nabil Fekir. Liverpool have missed a variety of different goals since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment in 2015.

The Reds have obviously not suffered on the field, with a Premier League title expected to be obtained once football restarts in the coming months, but one player recently added to the long list of names who ended up avoiding Anfield.

Recently, on Instagram speaking to DZ Foot, Riyad Mahrez said that Liverpool wanted his services before teaming up with Pep Guardiola.

“Before signing in Manchester City, there was an interest in Liverpool for me, but as soon as they took Mohamed Salah, it was over,” he said.

Players often talk about the Reds largely because of the status that surrounds the club, and in some cases the claims made are hard to believe.

However, in the case of Mahrez, it is likely that the Reds admired his profile, especially given the way the Algerian international referred to the arrival of Salah as the deciding factor behind the end of interest.

Salah is one of the most unique attackers in Europe for a variety of reasons. He is able to combine speed, score, creativity and a preference for using his left foot, which is not very common.

Aside from a certain Lionel Messi, players like Antoine Griezmann, Bernardo Silva, Kai Havertz and Paulo Dybala are on the left foot, but none of them is fast enough to pose a threat behind the opposing defenses, each being closer stylistically to Roberto Firmino rather than Salah.

His favorite foot is an integral part of the dynamic that his team offers in attack. He and Sadio Mane are fast, penetrating and broad attackers, both of whom operate on the flank opposite their preferred foot. This allows them to cut inside, operate in the center and shoot, rather than rushing over the wing before crossing.

Salah and Mane offer a threat behind while Firmino drifts deeper
Salah and Mane offer a threat behind while Firmino drifts deeper

Firmino completes the pair perfectly, operating in a central position and retreating regularly to the midfield, creating space in and around the penalty area for his two offensive teammates.

Mahrez, alongside his teammate City Leroy Sane, is one of the rare left-handed talents who has goals, the creation of luck and, above all, rhythm.

If Liverpool wanted a player in the Salah mold to play to the right of the offensive trio of Klopp from 2017, Mahrez certainly met these criteria. He could have played the same way as Salah since his arrival in Merseyside.

Despite the reasonable connection, it is reasonable to suggest that the Reds made the right decision by investing in the Egyptian international.

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The 27-year-old forward scored a total of 70 Premier League goals for Liverpool in approximately 8,431 minutes – which equals one goal every 120 minutes.

After including assists, Salah averages his contribution to England’s highest score every 86.9 minutes.

His record is remarkable. Mahrez would have thrived in the famous red jersey, but it is unlikely that he would have reached the level of production that Salah presented.


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