Mohamed Salah's extraordinary debut season with Liverpool continued on Tuesday night with a two-goal performance in their 5-2 Champions League evisceration of Roma.
Salah voted PFA Player of the Year on Sunday, has plundered an astonishing 43 club goals this season after joining Liverpool from Roma for a knockdown £35million in the summer.
Liverpool might have signed Salah sooner if not for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, whose squad already included forwards Kevin de Bruyne, Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle in January 2014.
Salah was 21 when he switched from Basel to Chelsea for £11m and was attached to the Londoners for two-and-a-half years but spent 18 months on loan at Serie A sides Fiorentina and Roma, where Salah moved permanently for £12m in 2016.
De Bruyne left Chelsea on loan the same month Salah moved to Stamford Bridge and both are widely regarded as the best Premier League players this season.
Salah managed only 19 appearances under Mourinho and De Bruyne.
The Belgian recently claimed he only spoke 'twice' with the Portuguese before he joined Wolfsburg on loan midway through the 2013-14 campaign.
Salah has been more diplomatic towards Mourinho and the United manager was filmed clasping hands with the Liverpool winger in the tunnel before the teams' Anfield stalemate in October.
"Congratulations, eh? Congratulations," Mourinho said to Salah, who had just secured World Cup qualification with Egypt. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp this week suggested Salah lacked playing time at Chelsea due to the strength of Mourinho's attack.
"He was a kid when he came to Chelsea. And Chelsea had a squad that was unbelievable so it was really difficult," Klopp told Channel 4 news.
"Kevin de Bruyne didn’t play in that squad, that’s a lot.
Mourinho congratulates Salah
"I think we all agree Jose Mourinho is a fantastic manager so sometimes things are like that. So it doesn’t work, step aside try again and you can still succeed and that’s exactly what happened with Mohamed."
Salah told FourFourTwo earlier this season: "We talked at Chelsea when I first came back from the loan spell at Fiorentina. We also spoke after the match against Manchester United this season and have a good relationship. We didn't talk much, but it was okay."