Rodgers still hopes to land Chelsea-bound Mohamed Salah

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that he has not given up hopes of luring Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from Basel despite his imminent move to Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho in his press conference revealed that the club needed to move quickly to replace Juan Mata, who will undergo a medical with Manchester United over the weekend, and the Blues already sealed the deal for young Salah.

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Liverpool are also heavily interested in the 21-year-old and according to Rodgers the Reds have not given up on him.

“The window is not closed yet so we haven’t given up on him, no,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.

“Salah was a player we’re interested in and we hoped we could do a deal but as of yet there is nothing done on it,” he added.

“The club is still looking for players we can bring in to strengthen the squad.

“It is a difficult market in January so we’ll see what happens. If nothing comes in then the players I have have been outstanding for me this season and we’ll enter into the final part of it with confidence if we have the same group of players.”

At this moment it seems like Salah is all set to join Chelsea. All Liverpool can do is put up a ridiculous bid and expect Basel to change their stance.

In an ideal sitiation, Salah should consider a move to Anfield rather than joining Chelsea. His chances of getting regular games under Brendan Rodgers (most important demand for any young player) are more than under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool meanwhile have progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup tie, by winning 2-0 against Bournemouth today.

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