BE PART OF THE TEAM

Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 5°C Friday 5 March 2021
Advertisement

Frank Lampard gives credit to Liverpool’s Salah for leaving Chelsea

The Egypt international has scored 15 goals for the Reds this campaign across all competitions after enduring a difficult spell with the Blues.

Image: PA Archive/PA Images

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has given credit to Mohamed Salah for leaving the Stamford Bridge outfit to rejuvenate his form in the Italian Serie A.

In his first stint in the English top-flight, the 25-year-old managed to score just two goals in 13 league appearances for Blues before joining Fiorentina on loan in 2015.

The left-footed forward later spent two years with Roma where he notched 29 goals in 65 league outings before joining the Reds this summer for a club-record fee of £36.9million.

Salah who has been in red-hot form this campaign, increased his goal tally to 10 in 13 league games after putting Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead in their 1-1 against Chelsea on Saturday.

And Lampard who played with the forward in the London club, believes his spell in Italy played a key role in his career with Merseyside club.

“There shouldn’t be too much finger pointing [at Chelsea],” Lampard told BTSport.

“I was there with Salah, he was young.

“It was probably an early stage in his career, it didn’t work for him, he went away and did well.

“(Kevin) De Bruyne was in the same situation.

“It’s very hard – Chelsea had an abundance of talent in those positions at that time.

“So I’d rather focus on the player. Credit to them for going away, working hard and coming back.

“He’s now got more personality and a feeling of deserving to be there.”

The Egyptian forward who has scored five goals in three consecutive league games, will aim to continue his brilliant form in front of goal when the Reds visit Stoke City for Wednesday’s Premier League encounter.

Liverpool sit in the fifth place in the league table with 23 points from 13 games, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City.

The42 has just published its first book, Behind The Lines, a collection of some of the year’s best sports stories. Pick up your copy in Eason’s, or order it here today (€10):

‘If an average striker kicks the ball forward it’s £15m, if he scores it’s £25m. We didn’t do that’

You can watch Ireland’s World Cup qualifier live on Facebook tomorrow night

About the author:

The42 Team

Read next:

COMMENTS (18)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel