Mohamed Salah admits he wanted to play for Liverpool even while he was still at Chelsea.
Salah joined Chelsea in January 2014 but struggled in the Premier League, joining Fiorentina on loan the following winter.
He impressed in Serie A, earning a permanent move to Roma before eventually joining Liverpool three years after they first showed an interest.
The winger, who has scored 20 goals in 26 games since joining, admits it has long been an ambition to play at Anfield.
“There was interest from Liverpool when I went to Chelsea, but I think if I’d come at that time maybe things wouldn’t have maybe have gone as well then as they have for me now. Who knows? But I went to Chelsea and everything worked out how it did and now I am here at Liverpool at the right time,” he told the club’s official website.
“When I go somewhere, I am always telling myself ‘I have to learn from here’ – and I know, 100 per cent, I learned a lot from Chelsea; I learned how to be more professional and to become a better person and player. It was a big step in my career and I had a good relationship with the players there – and you could see that when we played them at Anfield recently.
“It was while I was at Chelsea that I first got to play at Anfield. I can remember I told myself – as I said on my very first day here – ‘I have to come here one day and play’ after I’d experienced that atmosphere.
“That atmosphere was unbelievable, really. I was very happy to play here against Liverpool – and now I am even happier to play for Liverpool here.”