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Klopp reveals he attempted to sign ‘unbelievable’ Salah at Dortmund

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has high expectations for Mohamed Salah after revealing that he tried to sign the Pharaoh while he was managing Dortmund.

Salah caught Klopp’s eye when he was at Basel. Dortmund were playing FC Basel in a pre-season friendly in July of 2013. Although Dortmund convincingly beat the Swiss side 3-1, Klopp was impressed by Salah.

The then Borussia Dortmund manager was so convinced by his ability and potential that he tried to sign him in the 2014 winter transfer window. However, by the time Klopp decided to make a move for him Chelsea had already wrapped up a £12million deal.

“We played against him when he was at Basel and we didn’t know him,” Klopp said.

“We played with Dortmund against him and it was ‘what the f…!’

“It was unbelievable. The moment I said ‘let’s go for him’ he was already at Chelsea.”

Although it seemed that Salah would not be a Klopp player in the immediate future, the German coach continued to keep tabs on him.

“Then he struggled at Chelsea because it was too early,” Klopp said. He went on to say that Salah’s Chelsea stint was something Liverpool ignored. “Then he went to Fiorentina and then Roma. The question is ‘what did you not see in him?’ because he played all inclusive football.”

Klopp hinted that it would be unfair and poor judgement to not sign a player because of one bad stint at a club; especially if the stint was at Chelsea. “A lot of players have shown it is quite easy to struggle at Chelsea, (Kevin) De Bruyne is one,” Klopp added. Among other “Chelsea rejects” that Mourinho got rid of are Romelu Lukaku, Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge, David Luiz, and many other great players who have performed well after leaving Mourinho at Chelsea.

Mohamed Salah showed over the past two seasons that he deserves to be on that list as he racked up over 25 goals in Rome.

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