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Jose Mourinho has sold Mohamed Salah despite playing ‘like Lionel Messi’ in Chelsea training as Liverpool’s goal machine continues to make history


Mohamed Salah apparently can’t hurt at the moment – who would want to get rid of him?

Jose Mourinho did, apparently failing to get the most out of the striker, despite his “training as Lionel Messi” while the two worked together at Chelsea.

Mourinho sold Salah as Chelsea boss in 2015
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Long before the Egyptian became Anfield’s darling, Salah was plying his trade in west London and trying to make his mark on the Premier League.

However, despite a series of games during the 2013/14 season under Mourinho, Salah was cleared to join Fiorentina in February 2015 and his rise has been astronomical since.

After moving to Rome, Salah joined Liverpool in 2017 and continued to break records, win trophies and help the Reds win the Champions League and Premier League.

Still, former teammate Filipe Luis believes everything could have been so different had the Chelsea board decided not to move him so quickly.

Speaking in February, the defender, who only lasted a year under Mourinho in 2014, said in an interview with the Guardian: “Looks like we fell out, but I admire him.

“I won the championship with him. But he didn’t get the best of me, just like he didn’t with Salah.

Jose Mourinho has sold Mohamed Salah despite playing 'like Lionel Messi' in Chelsea training as Liverpool's goal machine continues to make history
Luis also struggled to make a good impression at Chelsea under Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho has sold Mohamed Salah despite playing 'like Lionel Messi' in Chelsea training as Liverpool's goal machine continues to make history
Blues boss sold Salah just six months before doing the same to Luis
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“When [Salah] went la Fiorentina, I said: ‘Why are you going, Momo? It’s Chelsea. And he said, “I need to play. I thought, ‘This kid is good.’

“He never went to get money or earn more; he went to show that he could play. In training he was like Messi. Really, like Messi. Ask anyone.

No one would doubt it now.

Salah, now 29, has scored at least 20 goals in five consecutive seasons for the club, becoming the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in the 1980s to do so.

Salah’s best season in Merseyside came in the 2017/18 season when he scored 44 goals in all competitions and tied Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record set in the 2002/03 season as the best scorer for a Premier League club in all competitions.

He is now only 24 goals from this count while there is more than half of the season. However, he will miss some games due to the Africa Cup of Nations, but you wouldn’t bet against him always doing it.


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