Basel president reveals how close Salah was to Liverpool in 2014
Salah initiated his career abroad with Basel, spending two years with the Swiss giants which is the time interval that saw his breakthrough and was regarded as one of the best talents in Europe at 20 years of age.
Salah’s performances back then encouraged Liverpool to make their moves in order to capture him during the 2014 January transfer window, but Chelsea appeared in the scene and finalised the transfer in their favour in a blink of an eye.
“We were far with Liverpool, negotiating with Ian Ayre, but Chelsea jumped in. I guess at the time it seemed Chelsea won the race, but not the whole race, only the first stage. The race was finally won by Liverpool but it was a tough call then,” Heusler told The Telegraph.
“We agreed the deal because we never want our players to move on from us in a war. We did not have a divorce. He left us through the big door and I am pleased about that.”
“I don’t know the reason he could not show his talent at Chelsea. Certainly there are factors and it is not for me to judge, but he improved again in Italy so maybe that was the right step too.”
The Egypt international is now Liverpool’s top scorer with 37 goals in all competitions this term and will lead the Reds in their Champions League clash against Manchester City in the quarterfinals.
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