Proof Chelsea caught Liverpool napping over Salah

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Jose Mourinho's comments regarding the Salah deal proved just how Liverpool were caught napping.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is not a happy man at the moment, admitting now the club may not end up bringing players in this month - describing that prospect as disappointing.

The one signing it appeared Liverpool had a real chance of making was Mohamed Salah, who even in December was tipped to be a signing the club would tie up in the early days of January.

Even last week when Chelsea had a bid accepted for Salah, Rodgers was hopeful on the player, "The window is not closed yet so we haven't given up on him, no." - Only to see the winger complete his move to Chelsea over the weekend.

But quotes from Jose Mourinho on Sunday act as proof Liverpool had the whole of January with pretty much a clear run at Salah, and blew it.

The Chelsea boss revealed that they only decided to make their move on the Egyptian when they made the surprise move to sell Juan Mata last week.

"We spoke with Basel and the player, and they were, as you can see, available. Nothing was done with other clubs, so we felt free to do that.”

It may be easier when you have money like Chelsea do, but the club have given a masterclass in tying up transfer deals over the past two windows, without allowing them to become long, protracted and often fruitless sagas.

For Salah last week, read Willian last summer, deals they managed to conclude in a matter of days rather than weeks.

For Liverpool it's galling because they effectively had three whole weeks this transfer window with a clear run at Salah, in which had they managed to strike a deal, they would not have had Chelsea to compete with.

It was only by leaving it until the last minute or haggling over the fee they ran into difficulty, and were caught napping, and that poor decision making makes it all the worse, and managing director Ian Ayre not for the first time on transfer matters finds himself under the spotlight.

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