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Edin Dzeko admits Salah’s departure made his job harder

Edin Dzeko on Salah

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AS Roma striker spoke about Liverpool Winger and how his departure affected the team as both sides will clash in the UEFA .

Mohamed Salah will be returning to Roma’s Stadio Olimpico after the Champions League draw witnessed a face-off between Liverpool and his former club.

The Egyptian spent two years with Il Giallrossi scoring 34 goals, before joining the Reds in a 5-year-deal for €42 million last summer.

“First of all it’s such a shame he left here, but obviously he had to go. At the end he did right because he’s doing some amazing things in the Premier League, which is not the easiest league to play in,” said Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko about the departure of Salah.

The first leg will be held at Anfield on either April 24 or 25 before the Premier League side travel to play the second leg at Stadio Olimpico on May 1 or 2.

“Mo-Mo’s a great player and a great guy and hopefully he can break some records this year because 40 goals in England is a lot. I hope he’s going to score more in the Premier League but not the Champions League,” he added.

READ | Mohamed Salah talks emotional return to Roma, Golden Boot race

The former Manchester City forward admitted that Salah’s departure made his own job at Roma harder as he scored much fewer goals this season than last season when the Egyptian was in Italy.

“Last year I scored 39 goals. This year I scored, let’s say, only 20. I’m very happy for him that he left – but we are missing him,” he said.

Salah said before that his ex-colleagues at Roma told him before the draw that they were hoping not to clash with Liverpool, the last English side remaining in Europe’s premier club competition.

This game will be a repeat of the 1984 European Cup final, when Liverpool won on penalties to clinch their fourth title.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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