Salah, dubbed 'The Egyptian Messi', seemed all set for a move to Anfield when the January transfer window swung open almost two weeks ago, but the player's agent insisted that a deal was still to be struck with his club, Basel. Sascha Empacher said; "There are several clubs interested in Salah, especially from Spain, Germany and UK. Talks with Liverpool are ongoing. They want him. But they need agreement with Basel"
Those comments came almost a week ago and with no movement announced on the deal, it's now widely expected that the 21 year old who starred against Chelsea in the Champions League this season won't be heading to Merseyside this month. With Victor Moses struggling at Anfield – and possibly ending his loan deal early to return to Chelsea ahead of another loan deal – Rodgers now has to look to other targets.
And whilst Douglas Costa and Ola John continue to be linked with the club, a new name has entered the fray as PSV Eindhoven's Georginio Wijnaldum has emerged as a potential target. The 23-year-old has starred for PSV since his 2011 move from rivals Feyenoord, and his impressive displays could now lead to a move away from Holland.
The diminutive Wijnaldum can play as an attacking midfielder or on the flanks, with his pace and dribbling ability causing problems for opposing defences – just what Liverpool signed Moses to do. He may not be a regular with the Dutch national team, having collected just three caps for the Oranje so far, but a move to the Premier League could enable him to stake a late claim for their World Cup squad this summer.
Wijnaldum was reportedly a target for Liverpool's Premier League rivals Arsenal last summer, but decided to stay with PSV.
This time, a £9m bid from the Reds could land his signature as Rodgers ramps up their attempts to land Champions League football, especially as PSV are set to sign Fulham's Bryan Ruiz, who could be an ample replacement.
The Reds will also be hoping for similar success from another recent Eredivisie signing, after Luis Suarez became a cult hero at Anfield following his move from Ajax in January 2011.
If Wijnaldum could even have half the impact the Uruguayan has had, the Liverpool fans will get well behind a move for him.