Paul Merson defends Chelsea’s decision to sell Liverpool FC signing
The Arsenal legend defends Chelsea's decision to sell Liverpool FC signing Mohamed Salah in 2014
Paul Merson has defended Chelsea’s decision to sell Mohamed Salah given the African forward’s brilliant start to life at Liverpool FC.
The 25-year-old completed a £39m move to Serie A giants AS Roma in the summer transfer window to improve Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options.
Salah spent little over six months at Stamford Bridge in 2014 before Chelsea allowed the Egypt international to move on loan to Fiorentina and then AS Roma.
The attacker established a reputation as one of Serie A’s best players following his permanent switch to the Italian capital in the 2016 summer transfer window.
The African striker secured a return to the Premier League in the summer and Salah has quashed any concerns about his ability to thrive in English top-flight football.
Salah has scored 12 goals in 14 games in the Premier League to lead the goal-scoring charts ahead of the likes of Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero.
However, former Arsenal midfielder Merson has defended Chelsea’s decision to sell the Egyptian forward give his impressive record at Liverpool FC this season.
“Liverpool are a bag of revels,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Going forward they are phenomenal and Mohamed Salah has been outstanding. He’s settled quicker than snow.”
Merson added: “People say ‘why did Chelsea let him go’ but he’s a different player now. Certain players suit certain clubs – I think he’s improved immensely, although I don’t think he’s the greatest finisher in the world.
“He’s missed a lot of chances. He could have had even more goals to his name, but I love watching him.”
Chelsea signed Salah in a £16m deal from Swiss side Basel in the 2014 January transfer window.
Liverpool FC signed four players in the summer to bolster their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.