Mohamed Salah: Former Chelsea star Mikel surprised by Egyptian's successes at Liverpool

Mohamed Salah: Former Chelsea star Mikel surprised by Egyptian's successes at Liverpool

- Mohamed Salah has risen to greatness in short period of time after joining Liverpool

- The Egyptian first arrived in the Premier League in 2014 but struggled for a breakthrough

- Nigerian star Mikel Obi is surprised at the rate at which the winger has developed in the same league he was overlooked

Nigerian legend John Obi Mikel is shocked by Mohamed Salah's success at Liverpool in such a short period of time.

The Egyptian goal king spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge along with the former Super Eagles captain after joining Chelsea from FC Basel in 2014.

But he failed to command regular playing time under Jose Mourinho and was sent to Fiorentina on loan for the remainder of his debut season in the Premier League.

The winger embarked on another loan move to Serie A side AS Roma and his superb performances won him a permanent deal.

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Just when he was just settling down at the club, Liverpool lured him back to England where he has won two highest goals scorer awards.

He also inspired the Reds to Champions League triumph last season and he's on the verge of winning the Premier League title this term.

Mikel Obi who spent over a decade at the Bridge says he has fond memories of his time with Salah.

"When Salah came to Chelsea, he was a young boy, but he had a nice personality and everyone loved him,” he told OnTime Sports.

He was very disciplined, we were close friends, talking a lot and joking a lot, he was a good friend."

"I believed in his development, but frankly I did not imagine that he would reach the quality that he has now.”

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The former Nigerian captain won one Champions League, Europa League, two Premier League titles among several other silverware in London.

He recently parted ways with Turkish League side Trabzonspor midway into his deal over coronavirus issues. He remains clubless at the moment.

Legit.ng earlier reported that former Nigeria international Finidi George has named his all-time Super Eagles best XI and no doubt some notable names are missing.

The one-time Champions League winner with Dutch League side Ajax Amsterdam made an incredible impact on the pitch which earned global recognition in the 90s.

Finidi represented the three-time African kings twice at the FIFA World Cup - 1994 and 1994 and could have made 2002 shortlist but was dropped at the last minute.

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