The reason Liverpool lost out to Chelsea in the race for Mohamed Salah has been revealed by the player's agent.
Salah rejected the chance to join Liverpool and agreed a deal with Chelsea believed to be worth £13.5m.
His agent, Sascha Empacher, said that the Anfield outfit have only themselves to blame for missing out on the player known as the Egyptian Messi.
“It was a long and fair negotiation with Liverpool, but it lasted two-and-a-half months - too long,” Empacher is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.
“Both clubs could not agree on terms. When Chelsea contacted Basel, he was happy and took his chance. It was no financial matter.”
Mourinho, financially boosted by the £37m sale of Juan Mata, pounced on Liverpool's dithering to agree a deal with FC Basel and the player in just five days.
The 21-year-old has played against Chelsea four times in the last two season, giving Branislav Ivanovic a torrid time in the process.
The Chelsea defender is more than happy to see Salah now playing on the same side and believes the club have landed the new Arjen Robben.
“Salah reminds me of Robben, the way he plays always going from the right wing, but going inside left-footed,” Ivanovic is quoted by the Daily Star as saying.
“I hope he is going to be important for us. He is a great player, we know him because we played him four times in the last two years.
“He is very quick, and goes forward with the ball. These are the kind of players we need to improve our team. He has time, he is young, and I have to say it is maybe good for him to step up.
“He was really good against us, he played very well. With the ball he is very quick, very smart with his movement - the kind of player that we need in the squad.”
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