In a post match interview with the BBC, Brendan Rodgers has enthused that Liverpool had not given up on Mohamed Salah.
Such statements are strange given that Basel have had their transfer conditions met by Chelsea after Liverpool balked at Basel's valuation of Salah.
Consequentially, Chelsea have now been given permission to speak to the player and will soon be expected to undergo a medical.
Considering how far Chelsea are into concluding the deal, any hopes of Liverpool getting back into the frame seems slim for various reasons:
1) Chelsea are currently the better team
2) Mourinho's reputation far exceeds Rodgers'
3) Chelsea can offer Salah more money
4) Chelsea are barring a cataclysmic mishap, nailed on the qualify for the Champions League; Liverpool are very much uncertain about their chances
However, Mohamed Salah is understood to be keen on first team action. By all means, if a world class talent like Juan Mata could not impress Mourinho, one wonders what hurdles a mere prospect like Salah has to jump to make the team.
Indeed if Salah is not convinced he will get first team football at Stamford Bridge, there is every chance he will reject Chelsea's offer, especially with Liverpool lurking in the background.
Watch this space!