An initial £36.9m could rise to £39m if bonuses are activated – he is expected to deliver. The Reds have spent close to £800m since the Premier League began but have yet to deliver the title or find a consistent top four finish.
Last season saw Liverpool reliant upon Sadio Mane’s pace as a focal point of the attack. When he went to the African Cup of Nations, their form trailed off. Losing him due to injury underlined the threadbare nature of their squad in attack.
Klopp is determined to avoid a recurrence of that problem. Salah was a pivotal member of Roma‘s attack with 15 goals and 11 assists in Serie A, with another 2 goals in the Champions League. Liverpool return to that competition and need more depth up to accommodate the demands of the extra football.
Salah observed that he has “unfinished business” with the Premier League. During two years at Chelsea, he failed to impress and made just 19 appearances for the club. This move offers him the chance at redemption, in his own mind at least.
Having failed to land Salah last summer, Klopp returned to complete the deal swiftly this time around.