Liverpool star Mohamed Salah has said that he always wanted to prove former club Chelsea wrong after his underwhelming stint in West London.
The Egyptian international joined the Blues from Basel in 2014 during Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge, but struggled to establish himself at Stamford Bridge.
All in all, Salah made 13 appearances for the club in the Premier League and scored two goals before being loaned out to Fiorentina and subsequently joining Roma.
The Egyptian signed for Liverpool last summer for a fee of €42 million, but many initially doubted that he would have the ability to succeed in English football due to his previous unsuccessful stint with Chelsea.
The 25-year-old has, however, proved his doubters wrong as he has gone on to score 43 goals in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit this season, and has now firmly established himself as one of the best players in world football. He would be a contender for the Ballon d’Or award if Liverpool manage to win this season’s Champions League and if Egypt have a good run during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Salah also managed to collect the Liverpool Player’s Player of the Season award on Thursday as well as the Football Writers Association Footballer of the Year award.
Salah has said that after he left Chelsea, he had always hoped to make a return to England in order to prove his critics wrong. He stated: “I was here like four years ago and a lot of people said he couldn’t [have] success, that I cannot play in the Premier League, [that] it was very difficult for him,” Salah said.
“So it was always in my mind to come back. From the first day I left Chelsea, it was always in my mind to make them wrong. I made them wrong.”