Report: Liverpool eye Chelsea's Mohamed Salah as Raheem Sterling replacement

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Liverpool are interest in signing Chelsea's Mohamed Salah, according to reports.

Liverpool have moved to bring Mohamed Salah to Anfield from Chelsea, according to Calcio Mercato Web. Reports claim that the Reds have approached the Premier League champions over the availability of the Egypt international winger.

Salah spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina on what was supposed to be an 18-month agreement but he has since returned to London, thus severing his ties with the Serie A outfit. The 23-year-old made only three appearances for the Blues last season - all of which came as a substitute - as he accrued just 30 league minutes. 

Liverpool have long been admirers of the former Basel man, having tried to sign him before he arrived at Stamford Bridge in an £11million deal two seasons ago - as reported by the BBC - but Brendan Rodgers will be keen to ensure there are no ramifications from the Fiorentina issue before he makes an official approach.

Will he leave Stamford Bridge this summer?

Yes, this is almost a certainty.

Salah appears to have no future at the Londoners after they snapped up Colombian wide man Juan Cuadrado in the same deal that took him to Florence.

This has been compounded by his absence from the Chelsea pre-season tour. Indeed, Jose Mourinho has made it clear that the Egyptian is not part of his plans by leaving him out of the Blues' trip to North America.

Where would he fit in at Anfield?

Salah's arrival at Liverpool would seem to fill the void created by the departure of Raheem Sterling, who recently completed a £49million move to Manchester City - as per BBC Sport. The Egyptian, who can operate on either flank, as well as down the middle, would certainly provide a number of options for Brendan Rodgers. 

However, whether he can rival the likes of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutino and even Jordon Ibe - who is expected to build upon a terrific breakthrough season - remains to be seen. One suspects, considering the embarrassment of creative riches Rodgers now has available to him in midfield, that Salah would have to settle for a bit-part role at Anfield.

What do the stats say?

Salah scored six goals in 16 Serie A appearances for Fiorentina last season, while fashioning 30 key passes for the Italian club, including three assists. He particularly impressed with his short-range passing ability, as he completed 86% of his attempts to find a team-mate. 

Aside from his distribution, his main strengths lie in his ability to carry the ball and take on an opponent. Indeed, he completed 40 of his 72 attempted dribbles last season - a 56% success rate - while he won 18 free-kicks. 

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