Liverpool ace Salah: How Mourinho and Chelsea rejection forced career rethink

Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah has explained how rejection by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea kicked his career into action.

In January 2014 Chelsea paid £11million to Swiss champions Basel for Salah’s signature, with the young Egyptian one of Europe’s hottest properties.

But he made just 19 appearances for the Blues across two-and-a-half years, with Mourinho unwilling to give Salah the required game-time to develop.

“When I look back, [I had] bad advice with the situation,” the Egypt captain told GQ.

“It was so tough for me, mentally. I couldn’t handle the pressure I had from the media, coming from outside. I was not playing that much. I felt, ‘No, I need to go’.”

Salah did just that and enjoyed loan spells in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma, joining the latter on a permanent deal in 2016.

Only a year later and he came back to England to prove his doubters wrong, with Liverpool forking out £36.9million.

“You have two choices: to tell the people that they are right to put you on a bench, or to prove them wrong,” the ex- Serie A star went on. “I needed to prove them wrong.

“The best thing you could have is a serious conversation with yourself. Just get a coffee and just sit like this and just ask yourself what you want.

“Some people can’t face themselves properly. But I have no problem with that. If I’m struggling, I just face myself and just feel where I am.”

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