Champions League final heartbreak aside, it’s been an astonishing season for Mohamed Salah.
His summer arrival at Liverpool was met with great scepticism after his doomed spell with Chelsea, but it took the brilliant Egyptian mere weeks to prove the doubters wrong.
Going into the World Cup, Salah even maintains faint hopes of the Ballon d’Or with performances and goal tallies in 2017-18 typically reserved for Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Across 53 appearances with Liverpool, Salah has amassed no less than 44 goals and 14 assists.
He has forged a formidable attacking triumvirate with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, and seems to have a brilliant relationship with manager Jurgen Klopp.
WILL SALAH STAY AT LIVERPOOL IN THE LONG-TERM?
In fact, Salah has been so successful this season that rumours of a potential Liverpool exit have been rife after just one season. Real Madrid, of all clubs, seem to be the favourites, too.
It’s an understandable fear for Liverpool fans after the departures of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.
However, former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has some reassuring comments for Kopites and they look absolutely spot on.
HAMANN’S THEORY ON REAL MADRID-SALAH RUMOURS
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: “I just don’t see Salah following in the footsteps of Suarez and Coutinho.
“For South American players, signing for Barcelona or Real Madrid is a huge thing for them to do because of the links to their culture.
“I haven’t met Salah, but from what people have told me about him he seems to be someone who loves being loved like he is by the Kop.
“I think that he has found a home, somewhere he is respected and appreciated, and he’s also working with a manager who was brave enough to pay a lot of money for him when others looked at what had happened at Chelsea.”
Hamann doesn’t always talk sense in his punditry, it must be said, but he looks to have nailed it here.
Only time will tell whether Salah will stay loyal to Liverpool yet – like Hamann says – he doesn’t hold Barcelona and Real Madrid in the same light as South American players and is utterly adored at Anfield.
There’s an even an argument to suggest he’s more loved than Suarez and Coutinho ever were and that’s saying something.
Kopites will be hoping that Hamann is exactly right and Salah continues to perform brilliantly in the Liverpool jersey for years to come.
If Klopp keeps improving the side and Salah keeps delivering, who knows what Liverpool could achieve going forward.