Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma’s former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian, 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp.
At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player.
Salah almost joined Liverpool from Basle in 2014 before moving to Chelsea.
He said he was confident of helping his new club win a trophy this season.
“Liverpool haven’t won the Premier League for a long time,” he told Liverpool’s website. “We have a great team and very good players.
“I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100% to win something. Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “He has the perfect mix of experience and potential – this is a really exciting signing for us.
“I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player.
“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.”