Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s new record signing, according to the transfer fee announced by Roma.
The Serie A club have claimed the fee is an initial €42million, plus €8million based on the player and Liverpool achieving certain performance-related targets.
That equates to around £36.9million up front and beats the £35million that the Reds paid for Newcastle striker Andy Carroll in 2011.
Last night the deal was widely reported to be worth an initial £34.3million, but the Serie A club’s website suggest otherwise.
The move will be formally completed when the transfer window opens in England on July 1.
The deal for the 25-year-old winger will also wear the No.11 shirt at Liverpool after Roberto Firmino agreed to switch to No. 9.
Salah becomes the club’s second signing of the summer after Dominic Solanke, who will officially sign from Chelsea on July 1.
Asked if he was a better player than he was at Chelsea, he told LFCTV: “Everything, even my personality is different. I was a kid then, just 21. Now, four years on, I have a baby and everything is different.
“I feel better suited now. I have a lot of experience from three clubs. I was at Chelsea, Fiorentina and then Roma.
“I always try to improve and get better and better. I think last season was my best season.
“I feel like I am doing better and better every year. Now I have a new challenge here.
“Liverpool fans will expect more. It won’t be easy but I am ready. I feel love from the supporters. They have been sending me funny photos and videos!
“I have experience. I like the way English football is. I’m happy to be back.
“When we played five at the back at Roma I played as the second striker, like the No 10.
“Sometimes I go on the left. I can play anywhere along the front.”