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Watch: The statistics and the goals that convinced Liverpool as Mohamed Salah deal confirmed

With Mohamed Salah's move to Anfield all but signed, sealed and delivered, people will now debate whether Liverpool have overspent on the winger.

With the deal worth up to a reported £39 million, Salah is the club's most expensive signing, taking the accolade from £35 million man Andy Carroll. If he does half as well as his predecessor.....well never mind.

Salah was sold by Chelsea just one year ago for a reported €15 million. So what exactly has happened in those 12 months to more than double his market value?

Well, for a start, we're in a transfer window that has Jordan Pickford valued at £30 million and figures over £100 million mooted for more than one player across the globe. No doubt, inflation has had its part to play. But Salah also put in a sterling season's work at Roma.

His statistics were rather impressive. He netted 19 goals in all competitions and added another 15 assists. He found the net every 168 minutes of football and had a shot accuracy of 53%.

Now for comparison, in his league campaign, Salah netted 15 and created 11. At a combined 26 goals, that's more than any of Liverpool's current attacking talent. Philippe Coutinho managed 20 (13 goals, 7 assists), Robert Firmino 18 (11 / 7), Sadio Mane 18 (13 / 5) and Adam Lallana 15 (8 / 7). Alright, so Salah was playing for a side who won more games and scored more goals that his new team but nonetheless, the statistics make positive reading for Liverpool fans.

As you can below, last season was no flash in the pan. When Salah's previous campaign on loan at Roma is added in to the equation, his statistical superiority is only underlined.

And if you're looking for a more rounded view of those statistics, here are Mohamed Salah's goals and assists for Roma last season.

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