Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Mohamed in our in-depth biography

Liverpool FC footballer Mohamed Salah Photo: Mohamed Salah / Instagram

Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool FC.

The African forward moved to Anfield in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Salah broke Robbie Fowler’s Liverpool FC record after the forward became the first player to score nine times in his opening 12 Premier League games for the Merseyside club.

Mohamed started his professional career with Egyptian club El Mokawloon before the attacker moved to Swiss club Basel in 2011.

His impressive performances for Basel caught the attention of Chelsea and the west London side won the race to sign Salah in a £14m deal in 2014.

However, Salah struggled to impress at Stamford Bridge and he was sent on loan to Fiorentina and AS Roma before he completed a permanent move to the Italian capital in 2016.

Salah scored an added-time winner from the penalty spot in a 2-1 victory over Congo to secure Egypt’s spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 15 June 1992
Age: 28 years old
Place of birth: Gharbia, Egypt
Nationality: Egyptian
Height: 175cm / 5ft 9ins
Weight: 71kg / 157 lbs

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Early life

Mohamed began his football career with Egyptian club El Mokawloon in 2006.

The winger scored 11 times in 44 appearances in all competitions during a three-season spell in El Mokawloon’s first-team.

The Egyptian Premier League season was cut short in 2011-12 to prompt Swiss club Basel to organise a friendly with Egypt’s Under-23 side.

Mohamed scored twice in the second half in a 4-3 win to prompt Basel to extend an invitation to train with the Swiss club.

Basel (2012-14)

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Salah signed a four-year deal with Basel on 15 June 2012 following his impressive performance in the friendly.

He made his Basel debut as a substitute in a 4-2 loss to Norwegian side Molde in the Champions League in September 2012.

Salah scored his first goal in Switzerland’s top flight in a win against Lausanne after making his domestic debut a week earlier.

His first Europa League goal came in a two-legged win against Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League. Salah also got on the score sheet in a defeat to eventual Europa League winners Chelsea.

Salah finished his first season with Basel with 10 goals in 50 games in all competitions.

His second season was a success – too. The Egypt international netted twice to help Basel beat Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the Champions League playoff round to secure a spot in the group stage.

Salah produced an eye-catching performance at Stamford Bridge as Basel were 2-1 winners against Chelsea in the Champions League. He continued his fine record against the west London side in the return fixture in Switzerland.

He scored 10 times in 29 appearances before secured a move to the Premier League in January 2014.

Salah finished his Basel career as a two-time title winner.

Chelsea (2014-16)

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Given Mohamed’s record against Chelsea, perhaps it wasn’t a surprise to see the Blues lead the race to sign Salah amid interest from their Premier League rivals Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Salah completed a £11m move to Chelsea from Basel on 26 January 2014. He became the first Egyptian player to join the west London club despite their reputation for signing foreign stars during the Premier League era.

He made his Chelsea debut as a substitute in a 3-0 win against Newcastle on 8 February. His first Premier League goal came from the bench in a 4-0 victory over Arsenal in the derby at Stamford Bridge.

The January signing scored again in a 2-0 win over Stoke but Jose Mourinho used the African sparingly.

Salah scored two goals in 11 games in the 2013-14 season for Chelsea. He was part of the title-winning team after the west London side won the Premier League crown under Mourinho.

The African forward made eight appearances for the Blues before Mourinho opted to send Salah on loan to Serie A giants AS Roma.

Fiorentina loan (2014-15)

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Salah completed an 18-month loan switch to Fiorentina on transfer deadline day on 1 September 2014.

The Egypt international made his debut in a 3-2 win against Atalanta in Serie A shortly after his transfer.

He scored on his first start in Serie A with the opening goal in a victory over Sassuolo.

Mohamed continued his fine record of scoring against Premier League teams in Europe with another goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League.

The loan signing made a brilliant start to the month of March with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Inter Milan at San Siro before he netted both goals in a 2-1 win over Juventus in Coppa Italia.

Salah finished the 2014-15 season with seven goals and four assists in 18 games in all competitions for La Viola.

Roma (2015-17)

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Mohamed turned down the chance to complete a permanent move to Fiorentina in the 2015 summer transfer window. He also refused to return to Florence to see out the final six months of his loan deal.

The Egyptian forward opted to move to AS Roma on a season-long loan.

Salah made his AS Roma debut in a 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona in August 2015. His first goal for the Rome outfit came against Sassuolo a month later in a 2-2 draw.

Mohamed earned the wrath of the Fiorentina fans when the winger scored on his return to Florence to help AS Roma record a fourth successive Serie A victory.

However, his return to Fiorentina ended on a sour note following his send off in the closing moments of the match.

Salah scored twice in a 4-1 win against Fiorentina at Stadio Olimpico in March to haunt his former club again.

Mohamed finished the season with 14 goals and six assists to finish as Roma’s player of the season.

Unsurprisingly, the Rome outfit made the deal permanent on 3 August when he signed a three-year deal after AS Roma agreed a £14m deal with Chelsea.

He was unable to help AS Roma qualify for the Champions League group stage after a 4-0 loss to Portuguese outfit Porto in the playoff round.

Mohamed netted in home wins against Udinese and Crotone before he scored in Napoli’s hostile stadium to help AS Roma secure a 3-1 win.

When he scored his first hat-trick for Roma in a 3-0 win against Bologna at the Stadio Olimpico in November 2015, Salah took his tally to eight goals in 12 games in Serie A.

He finished the season with a flurry after Mohamed scored twice in away victories at Chievo and US Pescara.

Salah ended his second season with career-best figures of 15 goals and 11 assists.

Liverpool FC (2017-present)

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Liverpool agreed a £39m deal to sign Salah from AS Roma on 22 June 2017. Mohamed became the most-expensive signing in Liverpool’s history before the Reds reached a £48m agreement to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig two months later.

Salah scored on his Liverpool debut in a 3-3 draw with Watford at Vicarage Road in their first Premier League game of the season.

The African star found the net in a 4-2 win against Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim to secure a place in the Champions League group stage.

Back in the Premier League, Salah helped Liverpool to secure a 4-0 win over Arsenal with a brilliant solo goal in the second half after running the length of the pitch before he finished past former team-mate Petr Cech.

Salah continued his goal-scoring run with goals against La Liga side Sevilla, Burnley and Leicester City. After a three-game goal drought, the Egypt forward netted twice in Liverpool’s record Champions League 7-0 win at Maribor.

The summer signing scored in the return game at Anfield to take his Champions League tally to four goals.

Salah signed off on the international break with two goals in Premier League victories over West Ham and Southampton.

Mohamed scored in vital victories over FC Porto, Manchester City and his former club AS Roma to help Liverpool FC reach the Champions League final.

Salah scored 32 times in the Premier League to finish as the division’s leading goal-scorer. Mo won the PFA player of the year award.

His season ended on a sour note when Salah dislocated his shoulder in the first half of Liverpool FC’s 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

International career

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Salah made his debut for the Egypt national team against Sierra Leone in 2011. His first goal for his country came in a 2-1 win against Niger in October 2011.

Mohamed scored two goals and made two assists to help Egypt reach the 2017 African Cup of Nations final before losing 2-1 to Cameroon.

He played a key role in helping Egypt to win their first World Cup since 1990. Mohamed scored twice in a 2-1 win against Congo to book their place in Russia, including last-minute penalty.

Salah has scored 32 goals in 56 appearances for the Egypt national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

He netted his first World Cup goal in a 3-1 loss to Russia before he netted in a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.

Personal life

Mohamed married his wife Magi in 2013.

The pair have a daughter but Salah likes to keep his private life, private. There are no photos of his wife or daughter on his social media accounts.

However, his daughter Makka is believed to a reference to his faith, Islam. The Liverpool FC’s first child was born in Westminster Hospital, London in 2014.

Salah is one of the Premier League’s best-known Muslims alongside Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil and Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba.

Surprising facts about Mohamed Salah

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• Salah is the third Egyptian player in the Premier League. The two other players are Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City).

• Having represented his country at U20 and U23 level, Salah made his full international debut at the age of just 19.

• The attacker was named UAFA Golden Boy and CAF’s Most Promising Talent in 2012 – his first year with Basel.

• Salah won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2014-15 despite making just eight appearances. He was part of Mourinho’s team that won the League Cup.

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