They may have fought for his signature - but it was an on pitch battle in 2009 that convinced him he wanted a Premier League switch.
In January Chelsea made moves to bring in the more industrious midfield options that Jose Mourinho craves - whilst letting those more mercurial options leave.
The end result was the departures of Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne - and the arrivals of Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah.
In the case of the latter, once again Chelsea stole him from underneath the nose of a Premier League rival.
For much of the winter it looked as if Liverpool were on the verge of snapping up the Egyptian - and reportedly even agreed a £13.5 million fee for the player.
But Chelsea than swooped in and signed him up - much to reaffirm the smugness of Jose Mourinho.
Brendan Rodgers was disappointed with the deal - stating:
"The club did everything they felt they possibly could to get a deal but it wasn't to be… It was deemed in this case that we couldn't do a deal and Chelsea could. So the boy has gone there. That's something that is out of my control. We can identify the players that we want to bring in and we hope we can get them in... If they end up going to another club that is difficult to take…”
But his decision to move to the Premier League always came down to Chelsea and Liverpool - as he revealed in an interview with magazine Chelsea this week.
In 2009 Liverpool went to Stamford Bridge and a late Frank Lampard goal saw the result end at 4-4 - and Chelsea go through to the semi-finals of the Champions League 7-5 on aggregate.
It was this thrilling game, according to Salah, that convinced him that the Premier League was the destination for him.
“I remember watching Chelsea play against Liverpool in the Champions League - a 4-4 draw but Chelsea went through. It was a really great game and it has been my dream to play in England - the Egyptian people want to see players in the Premier League and now they will see me playing at Chelsea, so there is more pressure on me.”
Little did he know that five years later he would actually have the choice of both clubs as they scrambled for his signature.
Talk about dreams coming true.