Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has revealed why Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah failed during his time at Stamford Bridge.
The Eygtian international signed for the Blues back in 2014 for £11 million from Swiss side Basle. However, he struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge and was sold to Roma for £15 million in 2016, after making only 13 appearances and scoring two goals during his time with the club.
Salah was again on the scoresheet during his club’s superb Champions League quarter-final victory over Man City on Wednesday, taking his tally of goals for the season to 39 in all competitions.
Lampard admitted that he did not see Salah growing into the type of world class player he is today during their time together at Stamford Bridge, and also revealed that having to compete with the likes of Eden Hazard made it difficult for the 25-year-old to make an impact for the Blues.
He also credits a lot of Salah’s success to the freedom Jurgen Klopp has given his attacker to roam infield instead of constantly remaining out wide on the wing.
“No. But he didn’t get that many chances to show that. ‘But he’s released himself from the wing.” Lampard said.
“At Chelsea he was seen as a winger. He didn’t have much impact but there were a lot of players ahead of him, the likes of Eden Hazard who was older than him.”
“By releasing himself from the wing he’s been able to show his brilliant intelligence. Even for the goal.”