Jürgen Klopp has revealed that he tried to sign Mohamed Salah while at Dortmund and the winger surprised him on their first meeting.
Mohamed Salah became Liverpool’s record signing when he joined in June for £36.9m but Klopp has been an admirer for much longer than just the months leading up to his big-money move.
The boss revealed he isn’t bothered by Salah’s stint at Chelsea, claiming that the player has improved tenfold since then and referencing the similar struggles had by Kevin De Bruyne in his initial Premier League spell.
“A lot of players have shown it is quite easy to struggle at Chelsea, De Bruyne is one,” Klopp said.
“The only thing that we really ignored was what he did at Chelsea.”
“He is a left footed player and we don’t have too many of them in the team. It all makes him really valuable for us.
“I’m happy for the moment. He needs to learn a lot. We brought him into the game against Wigan just to show him. That was pretty much all. Now we have to start working with him, the physical part and the technical part.”
The German reportedly has been a fan of Salah since his time at FC Basel and the Egyptian even drove his new manager to swear when coming up against him for the first time!
“We played against him when he was at Basel and we didn’t know him,” Klopp exclaimed
“We played with Dortmund against him and it was ‘what the f**k!’”
“It was unbelievable. The moment I said ‘let’s go for him’ he was already at Chelsea. Then he struggled at Chelsea because it was too early. Then he went to Fiorentina and then Roma. The question is ‘what did you not see in him?’ because he played all inclusive football.
“He was quick, he played a lot of games, he created chances and scored goals by himself. He was involved in pretty much everything for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations and had the free-kicks also.”