Following the revelation that Liverpool may have indeed crept under the noses of several European giants for the signature of Mohamed Salah, there's a deserved buzz around Anfield at present.
Granted, a good deal of that excitement is due to the news that Luis Suarez has put pen to paper over a new five-year contract with the Reds, as was confirmed by Liverpool's official Twitter on Friday, Dec. 20:
However, there's reason to be passionate about Salah, another recent piece of astute business by the Merseysiders.
News of the youngster's imminent arrival at the Premier League outfit intensified after Mohamed Zika, a former Egyptian teammate of the forward's, was reported by the Daily Mail's Simon Jones as saying the following when asked about Salah's potential Anfield switch:
"Yes, I am 99 per cent sure this will happen. He makes us and all of Egypt proud. Everybody talks about Mohamed Salah now – and aside from that he’s my friend. I’m very happy for him."
Liverpool are currently in the midst of a campaign that sees them challenging for the Premier League's top spot with a confidence they haven't mustered since the 2008/09 season, where they eventually finished as runners-up to Manchester United.
However, Brendan Rodgers' side would be wise to seek January reinforcements in a bid to beef up their squad for the latter half of the term.
As things stand, the Reds are relying on the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, on-loan Victor Moses and Jordan Henderson to provide back-up to the scoring Suarez in the absence of the injured Daniel Sturridge.
The England striker's recovery would appear to be going well after 101GreatGoals shared a video of Sturridge at the club's Christmas party:
Jones adds in his report that "the Egyptian Messi's" deal is valued at £12 million, which is far more affordable than some of the fees Liverpool have laid out in recent seasons. The £55 million duo of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing, sold for a combined £25 million, once again spring to mind.
Salah has been impressive for Basel this term as he has been in recent years, scoring four goals and making five assists, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.
However, the starlet has also proven himself in the Champions League, scoring two goals in his six European outings this season, as well as completing 90 percent of his dribbles, according to Squawka.
With the 21-year-old's acquisition, Rodgers would have another young talent capable of filling in either on the flank or in behind the striker, not unlike the versatile approach that Coutinho and Henderson have demonstrated at times.
It's an encouraging sign for Suarez in particular to see business being conducted with such initiative in advance of the January window.
Having now signed a new commitment in Merseyside, the Uruguayan will seek to see things continue improving at Anfield, and Salah offers added depth to the roster, not to mention the potential to become a star in his own right.