Mohamed Salah has opened up about his disappointing first stint in English football with Chelsea.
The Egypt international joined Chelsea from Swiss side Basel in 2014, but he would have a frustrating time of it at Stamford Bridge making only 19 appearances and finding the net on just two occassions.
Salah was then sent out on loan to Serie A side Fiorentina before moving permanently to Roma.
After regaining his best form in Italy the 25-year-old earned a £38 million move back to England with Liverpool, where he has been simply sensational, netting 40 goals so far this season in all competition.
Salah has admitted that he was always keen to return to the Premier League to prove himself, and with the talented attacker now the favourite to win the Player of the Year award he is certainly doing just that.
He has however also conceded that he has massively improved his finishing and physique since his spell with Chelsea, while he also hailed the impact of his team-mates at Anfield for helping him perform so brilliantly during this campaign.
“I was here with Chelsea, didn’t get my chance, and then came back. I wanted to show everyone my football,” Salah told Sky Sports.
“I didn’t play. You can see by the numbers. I didn’t have my chance, but you can see when I did get my chance I proved some people wrong.
“Because in my mind I have to succeed here, when I left the Premier League I said I’d come back, and when I had the chance, I came.
“You can see the difference [in me] between now, a year before, two years before that. Every year, every day, every month I am proving myself. I always try to see my weakness, work on it, to be better as a person and a player, everything.
“You can see my body now is different than before, my finishing is different, I am more comfortable on the pitch and am trying to improve every day.”
“I think I have had a great season, doing very well with the team, fighting to be in the top positions, second or third,”
“I can’t forget what the team give me, the way we play, the way they support me inside and outside of the pitch.”