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Salah enjoying ‘one of the greatest debut seasons ever’, says Steve McManaman

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Former winger Steve McManaman believes has exceeded all expectations since his arrival at Anfield in the summer.

The 25-year-old, who joined the Reds from AS Roma in a £36.9 million deal, enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Anfield, scoring 43 goals in 50 appearances across all competitions.

His impressive performances saw him win a host of prizes including the PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards.

“[It is] one of the greatest debut seasons ever. I think everybody concurs with that,” McManaman told Liverpool official website after the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony on Thursday, which saw Salah collect Liverpool Players’ Player of the Season and the Player of the Season awards.

“I don’t think we knew nine months ago, when he arrived and played his first game for Liverpool, that he’d be as successful as he has been. He has blown everybody away, hasn’t he?

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“[It’s down to] his style of finishing, his type of finishing and his composure in front of goal.

The 46-year-old said that although he knew Salah would be a good addition to the team, the former AS Roma winger still outlived his expectations.

“Personally, I’d seen him a few times so I knew he was a really good player. I thought he’d be a really good addition to Liverpool’s squad and team – but even I didn’t expect him to have the impact he’s had this year,” he added.

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