MOHAMED SALAH has revealed all on how he came to the decision to join Liverpool. The Reds star spent a year in England with Chelsea back in 2014.
While the Egypt international did endure a difficult spell at Stamford Bridge, he learned plenty. And one experience Salah enjoyed with Chelsea was playing at Anfield.
The 25-year-old says visiting Liverpool while with the Blues played an instrumental role in how his career panned out.
After heading to Italy with Fiorentina and Roma, Salah returned in the summer and has flourished at Liverpool. He is also relieved he did not sign for the Reds earlier in his career, with the Premier League’s top scorer now in the form of his life.
“There was interest from Liverpool when I went to Chelsea, but I think if I’d come at that time maybe things wouldn’t have maybe have gone as well then as they have for me now,” Salah told Liverpool’s official website.
“Who knows? But I went to Chelsea and everything worked out how it did and now I am here at Liverpool at the right time.
“When I go somewhere, I am always telling myself ‘I have to learn from here’ – and I know, 100 per cent, I learned a lot from Chelsea; I learned how to be more professional and to become a better person and player.
“It was a big step in my career and I had a good relationship with the players there – and you could see that when we played them at Anfield recently.
“It was while I was at Chelsea that I first got to play at Anfield. I can remember I told myself – as I said on my very first day here – ‘I have to come here one day and play’ after I’d experienced that atmosphere.
“That atmosphere was unbelievable, really. I was very happy to play here against Liverpool – and now I am even happier to play for Liverpool here.
“I’d said to myself, ‘I want to come back to England’. It was always in my mind, coming back here. I wanted to play here and show everyone my football.
“When I realised I was very close to coming here, I was very, very happy – and after speaking to the boss for the first time after the deal was agreed, I was even happier.”
Salah incredibly bagged his 20th Liverpool goal yesterday in Liverpool’s 4-0 win at Bournemouth. He is expected to start on Friday when the Reds travel to rivals Arsenal.