There has been speculation that Mohamed Salah will go to Liverpool, and the Reds have already received a direct transfer message from Salah advising them what he should do with his future in the upcoming summer.
Despite the intense rivalry that has existed between Liverpool and Chelsea ever since the Stamford Bridge club achieved success in the higher divisions of the Premier League, plenty of players from both clubs have donned the opposing colors at various points in their careers over the course of the last two decades. These players have worn the red and blue of their respective clubs.
It is difficult to ᴛʀᴀᴄᴇ the beginning of the rivalry.
The rivalry between Liverpool and José Mourinho in the early 2000s was surely fueled by Mourinho, who was involved in many of the tense matches that took place between the two teams. But that one change stoked those flames to an even greater extent.
Not only did the news of Fernando Torres’ departure from Liverpool to Chelsea at the beginning of the 2010s break the hearts of ᴍɪʟʟɪᴏɴs of Liverpool fans around the world, but it also immediately veiled both his and Chelsea’s names in infamy.
The ғᴀᴄᴛ that Chelsea then made the decision to buy Raul Meireles six months later after having already brought Yossi Benayoun to Stamford Bridge from Anfield a year prior — bringing their total to three signings from Liverpool in the space of one year — most certainly did not help to put out those raging flames either.
In spite of everything, looking back on it with the benefit of hindsight reveals that Liverpool was the victor in the end. It was difficult for all three of those players to make the grade at Chelsea and then to recreate the success they had there at Liverpool. Whereas, the Reds have since subsequently begun to benefit from signing players who are considered to be “rejects” by Chelsea.
It was probably with Glen Johnson, who went on to become an important member of the Reds’ right wing for a number of years. After that, it was the significant acquisition of Daniel Sturridge from Stamford Bridge. Once more, he brought Anfield to life in a way that he was never able to do when wearing the blue shirt.
After being released by Chelsea, though, it is arguable that Mohamed Salah has made the most significant impact on the sport. It is he who now delivers a very clear message to Mason Mount, who has been speculated with a move to Liverpool (originally published by The Guardian). Mason Mount is rumored with a move to Liverpool.
The ғᴀᴄᴛ that Salah was able to improve his game after leaving Chelsea and later joining Liverpool is evidence that life on Merseyside, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, may offer greater and better opportunities. Mount, much like Salah, has not received the appreciation he merits at Chelsea. This is particularly unfortunate.
With a blue shirt, he may have been provided with more opportunities on a more regular basis than Salah was, but despite the ғᴀᴄᴛ that he has continued to perform well, he has never been rewarded the kind of financial incentives that he deserves. That, and much more, is what Liverpool might provide for him.
One, the possibility of working with Jürgen Klopp; two, the possibility of playing in front of the revered stadium that is Anfield; and three, the opportunity to play a significant role in an exciting project aimed at assisting the Reds in their transition and rebuilding efforts following a change in leadership at the club.
Mount is undeniably a fantastic player, and at the age of 24, he is still young despite being in the league; he is only one year younger than Salah was when he arrived to Anfield. Mount simply needs to glance at the Egyptian’s trophy record in the years since he left Chelsea in order to be convinced to follow suit and make the same move. This will provide Mount with the incentive to repeat the same move.
It is nearly often the case that former Chelsea players do well at Liverpool, and following Salah, Mount may very well be the next one in line.