Liverpool were beaten by Chelsea in the race to sign Mohamed Salah in the January transfer window and, says the Egyptian winger, it was another encounter between the two clubs that convinced him of a desire to pursue a career in the Premier League.
Salah was at the centre of an intense battle between Liverpool and Chelsea as each vied to recruit him from Basel. It had appeared that Merseyside would be his destination, before Jose Mourinho made a successful last ditch attempt to intervene.
It was a frustrating blow for Liverpool, who even reportedly agreed a fee for the Salah, but Stamford Bridge was his destination than Anfield, with Chelsea paying around £11 million to secure the acquisition of the player.
It was perhaps fate that it was these two clubs who were in for Salah during the most recent transfer period, as it was a Champions League meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool that provided inspiration 21-year-old on his path to stardom.
Salah was a teenager when he watched these two sides play out a memorable 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in 2009, and he is ecstatic to have achieved his ambition.
“I remember watching Chelsea play against Liverpool in the Champions League - a 4-4 draw but Chelsea went through,” Salah told Chelsea Magazine.
“It was a really great game and it has been my dream to play in England - the Egyptian people want to see players in the Premier League and now they will see me playing at Chelsea, so there is more pressure on me.”