The Egypt international joined Liverpool for around £37million after shining with AS Roma, despite struggling during a prior spell in the Premier League.
Salah played just 19 games for Chelsea, scoring two goals, and rarely found his way into the starting line up due to plenty of competition for places in attack.
Still, Hyypia believes they missed a trick with the player, and that they failed to help him realise his obvious potential, which he has since shown with some dazzling displays in his time in Serie A.
‘The signing of Salah, it’s an offensive move and his strengths are on the offensive side of the game and he will give some pace in the front as well – and when I think that he and (Sadio) Mane are in the same side,’ Hyypia told 5times.
‘The back four of the opposition can be a little bit worried about their pace and everything, so it’s an offensive move.
Mohamed Salah 2016/17 statsAppearances41Goals19Assists12
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‘I think Salah has developed from the Chelsea days that Chelsea maybe couldn’t get his level right and he was on loan at a few other clubs to get experience.
‘I think he’s a better player than a few years ago at Chelsea so definitely strengthens the team.’