CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard says he knew Mo Salah was destined for superstardom — even when he flopped as a player at the Blues.
Salah, 27, moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014, Lampard’s last season as a player with the club.
But he made just 19 appearances for the West Londoners before joining Roma in 2016, where his form earned him a move back to the Prem with Liverpool.
And Lampard now has to find a way of stopping the striker, who has scored 75 goals in 111 appearances for the Reds, when the sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
He said: “Unfortunately for Mo, it didn’t work out here but it is great credit to him.
“He went to Italy and then came back and now he’s a superstar — the talent was obviously there.
“At the time, we had a lot of options in attacking areas — No10s, wingers — and he didn’t get as many opportunities for whatever reason, but you could see the talent.
“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 on to be the superstar he is now. It is completely credit to Mo himself.”
Liverpool will arrive in West London with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League.
But Lampard can take confidence from his side’s performance against them in the Super Cup final last month.
Chelsea were the better side for much of the game and only lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw in Istanbul.
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Lamps said: “For us, it will show us that we can compete with what, on form, are the best team in the country.
“I know it was early in the season but we more than held ourselves in a good manner and could have won the game.
“In our opinion we should have won if we had taken our chances but every game is a new thing.
“I think this game is now on its own in front of us. We are going up against the best team in the country at the moment.”
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