Frank Lampard has revealed why he thinks Mohamed Salah flopped during his time at Chelsea.
Lampard says Salah's ability was 'clear' when he was at Stamford Bridge but he suffered due to lack of opportunities. The Egyptian made only 19 appearances for Chelsea since joining in 2013 and left the club on a permanent deal in 2016, signing for AS Roma. Jose Mourinho, by then the head coach favored the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian instead of Salah. And now the 27-year-old has been outstanding for Liverpool, netting 75 goals in 111 appearances. Ahead of Liverpool's visit to Chelsea on Sunday, Lampard thinks Salah joined the west London club the wrong time.
"It is hard because everyone has their own pathways. Unfortunately for Mo, it didn’t work out here but it is great credit to him," said Lampard.
"He went to Italy and then came back and now he is a superstar. As for his path, it is hard to compare to what may have been. I had an overlap with him. The talent was obviously there. At the time, I think we had a lot of options in attacking areas."
"Number 10s, wingers and he didn’t get as many opportunities for whatever reason but yes you could see the talent was there. But the player that he is now or that came back to Liverpool I think you have to say huge credit is due. You don’t have to search for anything more than look at Mo himself. You have to say what professionalism and work ethic to leave a club like Chelsea is not easy. People then cast you aside and say you won’t make it there. He went onto be the superstar he is now. It is completely credit to Mo himself."