Mohamed Salah has explained why he rejected a move to Liverpool in favour of joining Chelsea in 2014.
Salah was linked with a move to the Reds in January 2014, with manager Brendan Rodgers keen to sign the Egyptian winger.
Tottenham had also been credited with an interest in the 23-year-old, but Liverpool moved into pole position.
The Reds could not agree a fee with Salah’s club FC Basel however, and Premier League rivals Chelsea moved in quickly to secure an £11million deal.
Salah claimed a Premier League winner’s medal but disappointed at Stamford Bridge and left permanently after just 18 months, joining Serie A side Roma last summer.
But the winger has now revealed why he rejected a move to Liverpool to join Chelsea instead in 2014.
“Liverpool had wanted me for a number of months. They had opened talks in October 2013,” Salah told MBC Masr. “Negotiations took a long time, because Basel rejected more than one offer. They felt the transfer fee was not that high. I was waiting for Liverpool because I really like them. I was eager to join them.
“But then I received a phone call from Mourinho and that changed everything. He explained the situation to me and told me that he needed me at Chelsea. That was one of the main reasons why I joined Chelsea.
“Mourinho told me that he thought I was a good player and that he wanted me to pick Chelsea.”