Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe at Manchester United boss over his treatment of Mohamed Salah when the two were together at Chelsea.
The Egyptian international joined Liverpool for his second spell in the Premier League this summer in a club record fee of around £39million and Klopp believes Mourinho had a wrong impression about the attacker.
Salah had turned down Liverpool to join Chelsea from Basel for £11 million in January 2014 when Mourinho was in charge at the club but failed to impress the now United boss and was farmed out on loan to Fiorentina and Roma before making the loan move to Roma permanent last summer.
However, Klopp, who is a huge fan of Salah’s ability, believes he has what it takes to flourish in the English top-flight.
“We played against him when he was at Basel and we didn’t know him. We played with Dortmund against him and it was ‘what the f***’. It was unbelievable,” the Liverpool boss said.
“The question is ‘what did you not see in him?’ because he played all-inclusive football. He was quick, he played a lot of games, he create goals, chances, he scored by himself. He was involved in pretty much everything for Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations.”
“He is a left footed player and we don’t have too many of them in the team. It all makes him really valuable for us.
“A lot of players have shown it is quite easy to struggle at Chelsea, Kevin De Bruyne is one. The only thing that we really ignored [when looking at Salah] was what he did at Chelsea.”
Salah’s arrival at Liverpool will give Klopp more option in the Reds’ final third and he will form a potent attacking trio with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.