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5 signings who have proved everyone wrong this season

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Liverpool FC v NK Maribor - UEFA Champions League
Salah celebrates a goal against NK Maribor in the UEFA Champions League

Transfer windows are always eventful, but last summer's was a bit busier than usual with some mega-money signings. The higher the transfer fee, the likelier it is that a move draws critics even before the player has had a chance to prove himself.

Things have not been any different this time around, with many pundits and fans already doubting the ability of arrivals to live-up to the hype and fulfil their potential, while they have barely set foot on the pitch.

However, it would not be the first time that a player answered the fans with his impressive performances, and made them eat their words.

In this article, we have a look at 5 players who have been doing just that, over the opening weeks of the season.


#5 Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah arrived at Liverpool for an initial fee of €42 million, that could rise up to €50 million, depending on his performances. At first sight, many thought that the Egypt international was not what the English giants needed, but so far so good for the former AS Roma man.

The 25-year old has been in impressive form, having already scored 5 goals in English Premier League, and 4 more in the UEFA Champions League.

While it is true that Liverpool's front three composed of Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho was considered one of the best in the league, last season, Salah's arrival was still a necessity. As a matter of fact, it has been clear that German tactician Jurgen Klopp intended to move Coutinho from the left-hand side to a central creative role, ever since the end of last season.

Salah's arrival would allow Coutinho to operate in midfield, as he slots in on the right-hand flank - while Mané moves to the left. Another important reason for signing Salah is Liverpool's awful injury-record in the past few months. Whenever Mané or Coutinho missed out last season, their substitute was clearly sub-par.

In brief, Salah does not only add quality to Liverpool's starting lineup, but he also provides much-needed depth.

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