Liverpool have completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma after weeks of negotiating with the Serie A runners-up.
The £36.9m fee, already a club record transfer fees for the Reds, could rise to a staggering £43.9m with add-ons according to Roma, and in turn could further eclipse the £35m spent on Andy Carroll from Newcastle United back in January 2011.
After joining, Salah said in a statement published at Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy. I will give 100% and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.”
“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100% to win something. Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”
Salah, 25, had been a transfer target of the Reds in the past, with the club missing out on his signature three years ago when he joined Chelsea for an underwhelming spell in the Premier League.
However, Salah experienced a revival after leaving the Blues by impressing in the Serie A with 29 goals in 65 appearances for Roma. Chelsea is also due to receive a percentage of the Egypt international’s latest transfer fee.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also believes that the winger has developed a more rounded game and his “incredible” pace will add depth to a squad which will be further tested this season with the challenge of a Champions League campaign.
“His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad,” Klopp said. “His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area.”
“Most important, though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it.”
“He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters. He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.”