There was some uncertainty when Mohamed Salah turned out to be Liverpool’s main buy of last summer’s window.
The attacker’s failed spell at Chelsea, where he struggled to get a game over a two-year period, did not give Liverpool supporters much encouragement when he signed on the dotted line from Roma.
At the age of 21, Salah moved to Stamford Bridge from Basel, but under then-manager Jose Mourinho he was rarely given a chance to impress,
In fact, he had loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma before he was sold to the latter permanently in 2016.
Since moving to Anfield, the Egyptian international has certainly shown Mourinho and his former clubs what they are missing as he has been in unstoppable form.
The 25-year-old has slotted in perfectly to Jurgen Klopp’s style of play, and despite naturally being a winger, the star has scored an impressive 43 goals in all competitions.
Last week, Salah was voted PFA Player of the Year by his peers, and he has a five-goal advantage in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot.
It appears that Mourinho has tried to save face by pointing the finger at others in regard to the player’s sale from Chelsea.
In an interview with ESPN Brazil, the now-Manchester United boss said:
“It is the first time that I am going to say this, but it is another injustice that has been talked about me. People say that I was the one that sold Salah and it is the opposite. I bought Salah. It is the opposite. I was the one that bought Salah. I was the one that told Chelsea to buy Salah. It was with me in charge that Salah came to Chelsea.
“Chelsea decided to sell him, OK? And when they say that I was the one that sold him it is a lie. I bought him. I agreed to send him on loan, I thought it was necessary, I thought that Chelsea had wingers… Some of them are still there like Willian, [Eden] Hazard and all those players already in a different level.
“So the decision to send him on loan was a decision we made collectively, but after that, the decision to sell him and to use that money to buy another player wasn’t mine.”
Liverpool fans have been tweeting their reactions.
Mourinho only signed Salah bexause Liverpool wanted him and he jumped in with his big cheque book
— Celtic & LFC Boyz (@robman827) April 26, 2018
— peter hynes (@hynespete) April 27, 2018
Maureen's at comedy levels now with his delusion!😂😂😂
— ⚽️Slapper (LFC) Lombardo!!⚽️ (@TheAnethetist) April 27, 2018
A real narcissist
— Wyatt Morgan (@karatt123) April 27, 2018
Who’s to blame for not playing him?
— Gary Clarke (@GaryC_Clarke1) April 27, 2018
Jose being Jose
— Vignesh Gautam (@VigneshVichuG) April 26, 2018
He only bought Mo to stop us buying him, it’s a favourite tactic of his
— Michael Parker (@comberalchemist) April 27, 2018
So he chose to sign him but it wasn’t his choice to sell him. Ok 👌
— Lewis Harrison (@LewHarrison2001) April 27, 2018