Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has not given up hope of hijacking Chelsea’s deal for Mohamed Salah, according to reports in the Mirror.
As of yesterday the Egyptian’s switch to Stamford Bridge was thought to be all but assured but now it is believed that the deal hasn’t yet been officially sealed and as such there remains a slender chance that Liverpool could nip in at the last minute.
Despite Jose Mourinho having seemingly immediately claimed the Reds number one target for his own following the imminent sale of Juan Mata to Manchester United, Rodgers believes there remains a hope of bringing the Basel man to Anfield.
The Liverpool boss told talkSPORT: "The young guy is a good player. We have tracked him for a number of months, the club has been watching him and I have been to watch him.
"It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking but if the deal can't be done, the deal can't be done.
"I know the club has been working very hard to get players in. I'll leave that to them and see how they get on."
His statements would suggest that he has not given up hope of pinching Salah from Chelsea’s clutches, just as the Blues did to him a few days ago.
Liverpool were at one point said to be in advanced talks with Basel and subsequently close to securing a deal for the 21-year-old, but it’s thought that the Swiss outfit rejected the Reds’ offer of £15million with £8million paid up front in favour of an £11million offer from Chelsea.