Liverpool may have previously failed to convince Mohamed Salah to move from Basel to Anfield last season, with the player instead opting for Chelsea, but a January bid should nevertheless be pursued by the Reds.
The Egyptian has failed to settle under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge, and Besiktas club president Fikrit Orman has this week expressed a desire to bring the one-time Swiss Super League star to Turkey on a temporary deal.
Describing Salah as a "very good player" Orman said: "We are interested in some of their players, but not Petr Cech. We want to get loans for the second half of the season."
Having failed to start a single game in the Premier League this term, the 22-year-old is likely to be open to a move away from the Blues, with Inter Milan also rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the out-of-favour star.
But could Liverpool, and perhaps even Mourinho, be better suited by a move to the Reds ?
The Merseysiders were previously close to completing a deal for the midfielder last term, only to be beaten to his signature by Chelsea.
And with the club looking short of attacking ideas in the final third, Salah could prove to be a breath of fresh air to the Reds.
For Mourinho, meanwhile, sanctioning a loan move to Liverpool could make sense in an odd way.
On the one hand with Liverpool almost certainly out of the title race, Salah’s move to Anfield could strengthen the Reds for key meetings with some of Chelsea’s Premier League rivals, while a clause would likely be included to prevent him playing against the Londoners.
In addition to this, a move to Liverpool could provide Salah with the perfect platform to rebuild his confidence, gain experience and develop into the player Mourinho originally signed.
The Special One would be free to then bring the player back to Stamford Bridge transformed, or sell him on at a profit - while Liverpool will have felt the benefits across the rest of the season.
On paper such a move would make sense, but then things rarely work out as planned in the Premier League – you only need look at Salah to see that.