Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that he has long been a fan of new signing Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool broke their transfer record to sign Egyptian flyer Salah in a £36.9million deal from Roma – three years after the Reds missed out on signing the player from Basel.
At the time, Salah made the move to Chelsea, but he failed to establish himself there before resurrecting his career at first Fiorentina and then Roma.
However, while Salah struggled to make an impact at Chelsea, Klopp insists that should be no marker of the player’s quality.
“A lot of players have shown it is quite easy to struggle at Chelsea. [Kevin] de Bruyne is one,” Klopp said.
“The only thing that we really ignored [this summer] was what he did at Chelsea.
“When he was at Basel we played them and we didn’t know him. It was ‘what the f**k?’. It was unbelievable.
“The moment I said ‘let’s go for him’ he was already at Chelsea. Then he struggled at Chelsea because it was too early.
“Then he went to Fiorentina and then Roma [and proved himself].”