Robinson verdict on 'last thing Liverpool wanted' after 'phenomenal' Mohamed Salah reveal
Paul Robinson has claimed Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was “phenomenal” in the FA Community Shield.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and England number one said “a weight has been lifted” off the 29-year-old’s shoulders.
Salah impressed as the Reds beat Man City 3-1 to win the Community Shield on Saturday (30 July).
As revealed by WhoScored, the Egypt international contributed a goal, an assist, three key passes and five dribbles at the King Power Stadium.
On 1 July, Salah put pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Anfield.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Salah’s upturn in form, Robinson said: “Salah looked back to his best.
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“He was phenomenal.
“Let’s be honest, he didn’t look the same player from the African Cup of Nations onwards really. His numbers were a fraction of what they were in the first half of the season.
“I think the uncertainty over his future would have played into that. He did not know where his future was to be this season.
“[Darwin] Nunez has come in but the biggest signing Liverpool have made this summer is Salah. His new deal was so important.
“They couldn’t afford to lose Salah and Sadio Mane in one window. It was the last thing they would have wanted.
“You can see a weight has been lifted off Salah’s shoulders. He looked a different player in the Community Shield. He looked re-energised.”